Higher gas prices, fewer court appearances?

June 20, 2008
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You can’t turn on the television or read a newspaper these days without seeing a story about how the increased cost of oil is affecting people. People are making a more concerted effort to carpool, cut back on extraneous driving, or take public transportation in attempts to offset the costs of driving.

But what can attorneys who have clients in different parts of the state do? The Indiana Supreme Court and Court of Appeals typically hold arguments in Indianapolis, which means attorneys outside of the city have to go to Indianapolis to represent their clients. Occasionally, arguments are held in different parts of the state, meaning an Evansville attorney now might have to travel even farther to make it to Valparaiso or Richmond instead of Indianapolis for a case. Some attorneys have to travel to a different county just to attend one, short court hearing.

Attorneys don’t have the luxury of grabbing a bus to attend a hearing two counties away, and carpooling may not always be an option. Even driving within the same county for trips to court every day takes a toll on the wallet.

How has the price of gasoline affected your practice? Does your law firm or office allow telecommuting? According to a recent survey by Chicago-based outplacement firm Challenger Gray & Christmas, 14 percent of companies polled let workers telecommute at least one day a week.

What about the courts – do you think they should let attorneys telecommute for certain proceedings to save on gas?
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  1. I just wanted to point out that Congressman Jim Sensenbrenner, Senator Feinstein, former Senate majority leader Bill Frist, and former attorney general John Ashcroft are responsible for this rubbish. We need to keep a eye on these corrupt, arrogant, and incompetent fools.

  2. Well I guess our politicians have decided to give these idiot federal prosecutors unlimited power. Now if I guy bounces a fifty-dollar check, the U.S. attorney can intentionally wait for twenty-five years or so and have the check swabbed for DNA and file charges. These power hungry federal prosecutors now have unlimited power to mess with people. we can thank Wisconsin's Jim Sensenbrenner and Diane Feinstein, John Achcroft and Bill Frist for this one. Way to go, idiots.

  3. I wonder if the USSR had electronic voting machines that changed the ballot after it was cast? Oh well, at least we have a free media serving as vicious watchdog and exposing all of the rot in the system! (Insert rimshot)

  4. Jose, you are assuming those in power do not wish to be totalitarian. My experience has convinced me otherwise. Constitutionalists are nearly as rare as hens teeth among the powerbrokers "managing" us for The Glorious State. Oh, and your point is dead on, el correcta mundo. Keep the Founders’ (1791 & 1851) vision alive, my friend, even if most all others, and especially the ruling junta, chase only power and money (i.e. mammon)

  5. Hypocrisy in high places, absolute immunity handed out like Halloween treats (it is the stuff of which tyranny is made) and the belief that government agents are above the constitutions and cannot be held responsible for mere citizen is killing, perhaps has killed, The Republic. And yet those same power drunk statists just reel on down the hallway toward bureaucratic fascism.

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