At half past eight the day promptly begins,
I unlock the door and the public streams in.
Some who come here haven’t a clue.
They’ll wander around for a minute or two,
Then to me they will ask, “do I check in with
“No” I tell them, “Please take a seat.”
“I have an announcement to make that I don’t
want to repeat.”
And when they are nestled all snug in their
I make my announcement, and I make it with
I speak of guilty, not guilty, and being Pro
Then there’s the Public Defender if you’re
really not sure.
And when your case is over and you’re ready to
Please wait for your papers, they’re important
Well that about does it, I’ve covered it all,
Time for the judge, I’ll go make the call.
And so it goes here in Courtroom 10,
When tomorrow rolls around I’ll do it again.
ABOUT THE AUTHOR
Dan Russ is a retired
law enforcement officer in Southern
California having worn a uniform for 31
years. The majority of his time he worked
as a deputy sheriff with the Ventura County
Sheriff's Office. After 26 years, he traded
in the tan and green for the dark blue
uniform worn by officers of the CSU Channel
Islands Police Department in Camarillo.