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The time for justice : how the excesses of time have broken our civil justice system
Curto, Anthony V.
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1st ed.
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Northport, NY : Onward Pub., [2012]

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187 pages ; 25 cm
Curto declares that modern justice takes too long.
Powell: the fiery congressman sets a blaze -- Time troubles: everyday justice and injustice -- Powell: the chase begins -- Time troubles: the procedural plague -- Powell: the verdict clips a king, or does it? -- Time troubles: the calculus of the courts -- Powell: first lessons from an artful dodger -- Time troubles: the legalization of America -- Powell: the gentleman vanishes -- Time troubles: unveil civil disobedience -- Powell: disorder in the courts -- Time troubles: the problem with contracts -- Powell: appeals, affadavits, arrest warrants, oh my! -- Time troubles: delay and denial -- Powell: the supreme test, and beyond -- Time troubles: unjust alternatives -- Powell: a cacaphony of contempt -- Time troubles: compromising positions -- Powell: final indignities -- Time troubles: the new imperitive -- Appendix: the short list of time fixes.
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Anthony Curto, acclaimed New York lawyer who has represented Harry Chapin, Paula Abdul, Alexandr Solzhenitsyn, Freeman McNeil, and has focused on resolving issues in the quickest, most efficient way, has determined that the enemy of our judicial system lies with time -- excessive time -- caused by numbing administrative procedures at every level that result in endless delays, and no justice for all. This powerful book presents masterful ways to fix the system and uses compelling cases that illustrate how time delays can topple justice. A must-read for anyone interested in insuring the swift and fair delivery of justice -- for all.

Author Notes

As senior partner of Forchelli, Curto, Deegan, Schwartz, Mineo, Cohn, & Terrana on Long Island, Anthony Curto has been associated with many complex high-profile matters, but his day-to-day legal philosophy is refreshingly simple: Serve your clients well by getting the issues resolved in the quickest, most efficient way possible. His practice reflects what he has identified as the major problem in the judicial system today--the inordinate length of time that cases take to proceed through our legal system. He practices from a business mindset, isolating the issues, view to the goal, and knowledge of the law to bring the problem to a conclusion quickly and judiciously. Throughout his career, he has also been a staunch advocate of community service, receiving numerous awards, including the 1984 Congressional Achievement Award and the 1987 Martin Luther King Jr. Living the Dream Service Award. He lives in Northport, New York, with his wife, Linda.


Table of Contents

Prologuep. 9
Chapter 1 Powell: The Fiery Congressman Sets a Blazep. 15
Chapter 2 Time Troubles: Everyday Justice-and Injusticep. 19
Chapter 3 Powell: The Chase Beginsp. 27
Chapter 4 Time Troubles: The Procedural Plaguep. 33
Time fixes: *Eliminate pretrial paperworkp. 39
*Modify service notification proceduresp. 39
Chapter 5 Powell: The Verdict Clips a King-or Does It?p. 45
Chapter 6 Time Troubles: The Calculus of the Courtsp. 51
Time fix: *Broadly expand the court systemp. 59
Chapter 7 Powell: First Lessons from an Artful Dodgerp. 63
Chapter 8 Time Troubles: The Legalization of Americap. 67
Time fixes: *Require plaintiffs to pay expenses if appeal is lostp. 73
*Bar percentage contingency feesp. 74
Chapter 9 Powell: The Gentleman Vanishesp. 77
Chapter 10 Time Troubles: Uncivil Disobediencep. 83
Time fixes: *Enforce court decisionsp. 88
*Require litigants to attend their trialsp. 90
Chapter 11 Powell: Disorder in the Courtsp. 93
Chapter 12 Time Troubles: The Problem with Contractsp. 101
Time fix: *Expand small claims courtp. 105
Chapter 13 Powell: Appeals, Affidavits, Arrest Warrants-Oh, My!p. 109
Chapter 14 Time Troubles: Delay and Denialp. 119
Time fixes: *Settle jurisdictional disputes up frontp. 124
* Codify monetary awardsp. 125
Chapter 15 Powell: The Supreme Test-and Beyondp. 129
Chapter 16 Time Troubles: Unjust Alternativesp. 139
Time fix:*Keep the same judges on a casep. 146
Chapter 17 Powell: A Cacophony of Contemptp. 149
Chapter 18 Time Troubles: Compromising Positionsp. 159
Time fixes: *Expand the role of magistratesp. 167
*Broaden authority of judgesp. 167
Chapter 19 Powell: Final Indignitiesp. 171
Chapter 20 Time Troubles: The New Imperativep. 177
Appendix: The Short List of Time Fixesp. 186
Acknowledgmentsp. 187