Sunday, March 15, 2009

Remember, the job's not over till the paperwork's done!

A court in Ohio has adopted a novel way to deal with its budgetary crisis.

An Ohio city court says it will only accept new case filings from people who bring their own paper.

Judge Lee McClelland of Morrow County Municipal Court in north-central Ohio says the court has just enough paper to handle hearing notices and other documents for pending cases.

McClelland says the court will stop accepting case filings Monday because it cannot afford to reorder more paper. He told The Columbus Dispatch that the county still hasn't paid the bill for basic supplies the court ordered in November.

McClelland says several county agencies have volunteered to provide paper to handle their own filings.

The Morrow County prosecutor declined to comment on the new filing rules.

Um . . . well, yes, I can see the logic in that. However, I have one burning question.

Does this policy extend to all types of paper required in the courthouse?

If the bathrooms are also devoid of their usual supplies, I can see legal briefs being used for a purpose that some (particularly unsuccessful defendants) might consider entirely fitting and appropriate!



On a Wing and a Whim said...

Reminds me of school in Mexico: absolutely free, as long as you can afford clothes that conform to dress code, shoes, pencils (and eraser), and the paper on which you take your tests. Which is to say, pretty darned expensive for rural Mexico.

Anonymous said...

It sounds like just another way to get reamed in court.


Anonymous said...

Well, there are a couple of things I could say, but I'd just be adding my voice to the quire.


Anonymous said...

Just remove the staples and paper clips first!