Based on some recent events that have occurred around the CJC over the past few weeks, Mark Bennett and I came up with an idea that we wanted to share with our friends and family members of the courthouse. Two weeks ago, a member of the defense bar passed away from natural causes at her home. Court coordinators knew that she had missed her cases on the docket that day, but had no one to contact to check on her welfare. The efforts to check on her welfare and notify a relative were made difficult because there was no central location that had that information.
Unlike prosecutors who have the benefit of co-workers and supervisors that will notice almost immediately if they don't come to work without explanation, many members of the defense bar are solo practitioners. Some don't even have a receptionist or office aide that can be contacted in case of emergency.
In an effort to respond in a "worst case scenario," Mark has created a data base that all courthouse personnel are welcome to utilize if they want. The list will be completely confidential and at this point, only Mark and I will have access to it. If you want to sign up for it, you can rest assured that it is not going to be added to an e-mail list for marketing purposes. It will also not be something that is created so that a coordinator can call and find out why you haven't shown up for docket by 10:30.
The list will be maintained solely for the purposes of having a safety net in place for people in case of emergency. If you have any questions about it, feel free to ask them. If you have any suggestions, we'd love to hear them as well.
Thanks to Mark's work, the database is now up and running. If you would like to put your information in it, you can do it whenever you want.
The link to get there is here.