“You have your order, now you can collect your mileage.”
Those were the final words spoken by the Judge in my very first motion. Unsure of what he was referring to I simply smiled, thanked him, and went on my way.
My first motion taught me much more than court procedure and legal formality.
Upon exiting the courtroom, opposing counsel asked me if I caught the Judge’s jab about mileage? “No, what was he talking about?” I asked. The lawyer went on to kindly explain that the Judge assumed that because both of us were representing relatively large law firms based in Toronto, we had both traveled over 100 km’s from the provincial capital to Waterloo Region Courthouse for a simple 10 minute motion – and were collecting mileage.
My first motion therefore, taught me much more than court procedure and legal formality. It gave me an insight into the legal culture of the local region and its perception of “Toronto lawyers”.