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I checked in with local attorney Bruce M. Cooper to get the rundown of how he and other attorneys are coping with Superior Court‘s cafeteria closing. The closing is a big deal for the attorneys who use the place everyday. And their clients desperate for a little time to discuss their case. Seating—let alone privacy—are now luxuries.
“I keep on wanting to tell clients to meet me in the cafeteria and there’s no cafeteria,” Cooper says. “There’s really no meeting space. It’s a real scramble to find some place.”
Cooper goes on to say: “I had nine people up in court yesterday. .We couldn’t find a place to sit down.” They ended up using one of the small rooms just outside the courtroom. Even those rooms are usually hard to come by—as they are either occupied by slumbering cops just coming off midnight shifts or prosecutors. The rooms themselves are small and usually contain just three or four chairs.
The other problem Cooper noticed is with arraignment court. Families are told to be there at 8:30 in the morning. Arraignment court—or C10—isn’t open until 11, Cooper explains. So now instead of sitting in the cafeteria, the families must crowd around C10 for hours before its doors open. Sounds like fun.
“So far no one has discovered a secret space,” Cooper says.
Last week, Cooper adds, the vending machines outside the shuttered cafeteria were broken.