Sunday, May 11, 2008
I have been much too hard on my students, marking instances in their appellate briefs in which they have referred to the "trail court." Trail courts do indeed exist! In looking for this entity on the Internet, I found the following:
- New York Divorce Lawyers Trail Court (and they are in San Diego, too)
- MegaEssays.com has several "trail court" essays for sale.
- The Pennsylvania Department of Environmental Protection reports the reversal of an "improvident" trail court decision (aren't they all?).
- This reviewer watched several trails on Court TV. And if you wish, you can buy a video of the Jenny Jones murder trail from Amazon.
- The Legislative Services Agency of Indiana's Office of Fiscal and Management Analysis has prepared a fiscal impact statement for trail courts that may be affected by a bill to expand grandparent visitation rights.
- LawInfo has a page full of links relating to trail courts.
- SimplyHired has an ad for an open position: the Director of Trail Court Operations in Bennington, Vermont.
- FedSpending.org has kept a close watch on assistance to the Massachusetts Trail Court-Hampden (as well they should!).
- The State of Michigan has published the Judicial Information Systems Trail Court Manual.
- In Los Angeles, they publish quarterly updates to the Trail Court Facilities Act of 2002.
- And they aren't just in the United States. According to the PakTribune, the Supreme Court of Pakistan recently overturned a trail court kidnapping conviction.
- WikiAnswers is still looking for someone to answer the burning question, "Is a district court a trail court?" Maybe I should post a "Yes," and provide these examples as evidence.