When Grand Traverse County 13th Circuit Court Judge Rodgers wanted something done quickly, and the parties said they didn’t have time to do it, he would look at the attorneys, or the parties and snark, “That’s what weekends are for.” It was typically that speech or something like that. He consistently sneered off attorneys dragging their feet on discovery deadlines by suggesting that there were evenings and weekends on their calendar that they could put to use to comply with the court order in a timely fashion. Sometimes his speeches about the existence of Saturdays, Sundays and weekday evenings were justified sarcasm; sometimes they weren’t.
Can we expect the courts to put the same sense of urgency into practice as soon as the courts and other government entities open back up? Are they going to use Saturdays, Sundays and weekday nights to get caught up on all the things that they have put off? Are the courts going to review motions and prepare for hearings on nights and weekends? Are the FOIA coordinators going to stay long and late to catch up? I’ll hold my breath, and not just because I’m afraid of catching the ‘Rona.