When the out-of-town lawyer arrived, the two lawyers talked as the court handled what are called “ ex parte matters” with other lawyers. The local lawyer lamented that a child’s travel plans had changed over the weekend and the child was departing that morning for Europe, to be gone for five months. The local lawyer was in some trouble with his wife for missing the departure. Upon hearing that, the out-of-town lawyer said, “Why don’t we agree to hold our hearing at 1:00 p.m. and I will cover for you this time.” After receiving approval from the court administrator, the matter was arranged.
This is a true story. It proves that we are all in this together, and that common courtesy is not only the right way to handle things. It can also come back to benefit you. Credit must be given to the Judge who allowed this, and all who read this should know that neither client’s rights were impinged by the extension of courtesy.