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March 24, 2017
Although tardiness is most times excusable, a recent case by the New York Appellate Division shows what can happen on a lower court level if a litigant is perpetually late. In the case of Matter of Thomas T. v. Luba R., 2017 N.Y. Slip Op. 01870, 2nd Dept 3-15-17 the lower Court issued an Order of Protection against the litigant who was only minimally late. Although the higher court reversed the finding, it was only after a lot of litigation in the higher court.
So, what can we learn from this case? We learn that if a litigant regularly and willfully appears late in court, or fails to appear, a court can rule against them.
Avoid being late. Give yourself an extra hour to be on time in court. It will save you hours of anxiety and anguish and the Court will appreciate your professionalism and the respect shown to the court.