When people begin their legal matter, they are often surprised by how slow the process can be. What do you mean I can’t set down an application until I have had my Judicial Case Conference, and why is there no opening for four months?
One major reason that it can be slow (other than the woeful lack of proper funding for our legal system) is because justice and speed do not go hand-in-hand. This decision took over 8 years to be decided, and in it Justice Stewart Austin stated:
“If the dual objectives of the attainment of justice and efficiency cannot be mutually achieved, justice must prevail.”
The reason that we don’t want the wheels of justice on a race car is that someone might get run right over accidentally. Law is a serious and sober affair, and so the vehicle that carries it must have a focus on safety and security over speed. Am I saying that our legal system is a little like a 2010 Toyota Camry? Yes, but that’s okay as long as it takes us where we want to go.
Of course, there are things we can do to hurry things up. We can negotiate, we can mediate, and we can set matters down efficiently. It helps us when clients are responsive and provide what is needed when it is requested. Effective legal counsel and motivated clients can work miracles in getting matters moving.
While we won’t run any red lights, experienced legal counsel can point out the shortcuts so that you can get to your destination faster. And get out of the legal system — because who wants to spend their time hanging out in a 2010 Toyota Camry?