What change or changes would you make to the American Judicial System today to improve its overall functioning?
In order to improve the overall functioning of the American Judicial System I would like to make definite changes in the way it is operated. One such change would be to fully network the judicial system with law enforcement databases. To illustrate, one of the men that harassed me at my workplace had a warrant for his arrest in an unrelated crime, but due to computer problems he was not placed in custody at the time of the court hearing. Although in this particular instance he was just trying to remain free for as long as he could, there are criminals that continue their devious ways and harm people due to “discrepancies” with our judicial system.
Based on my other experiences, I feel it is unfair for witnesses and/or defendants/plaintiffs to have to repeatedly come to court when the opposing party is not present or unprepared. Although there is no way of finding out such things until the court session takes place, I feel that there should be a standard of accountability set in place for these circumstances. Often times it takes a dozen of people taking days off from work to come to court and find out that the case has been postponed due to ‘unforeseen’ circumstances. In my opinion, unless the defense/prosecution is not ready to proceed due to unwarranted circumstances, the party should be held accountable for being unprepared.