Change in Court Date

Just when it seemed that things were getting boring, Rocco went downstairs to collect the mail.  Special delivery on a Saturday brings us my OFFICIAL LEGAL NOTICE from the Hoboken City Municipal Court.  I tell you, direct mailers are getting really creepy these days.  Can’t wait to see what limited time offer I get to refuse today!

I ripped off the perforated edge neatly running along the right hand side of the mailer.  As instructed by the thoughtful illustrations for the mail challenged, I then ran my finger along the top and bottom to break the light glue seal, nearly splitting the thing in two.

In menacing capital letters I see that “YOU ARE HEREBY NOTIFIED THAT THE COURT MATTER(S), LISTED BELOW HAS BEEN RESCHEDULED FOR 09:00 AM ON 07/28/2009 IN COURT ROOM 0002.”

Um, pardon?

I’m not sure which part to process first. I mean, it’s awkward that my court date has been rescheduled for a day when I plan to be in Chicago.  I guess I’ll need to figure out how to move that somehow.

Really though, I think the bigger issue might be that there’s a court date at all.  I certainly was not aware of such a thing.  Granted, I suppose there could be a notice sitting in the PO Box in Maplewood from that four whole days we forwarded our mail.  If the date hadn’t changed, would I have ever found out about the court date in question?

Then there’s the question I probably should have asked first, “What the hell is this all about?”  I certainly haven’t sued any one or made any claims of which I’m aware.  Closer analysis of the document does not offer any consolations.  Turns out this is the DEFENDANT COPY.  Ah and here a little lower I see that it’s STATE V. ELLEN LONON.

Oh good.  I feel much better about this now.

I love that it arrived on a Saturday so I get to fret, gnawing at my nails, until Monday morning when the court opens again.

Further proof that I just can’t make this shit up.


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