Reasonable Doubt: Zen and the art of legal time management

I show up half an hour before the designated start time and it all begins to fall apart. The Crown counsel prosecuting the trial is too busy to talk to me, the only judge sitting has three or four matters from the morning court list that must be heard before my matter, and there is another trial set to go ahead in the courtroom at the same time as my matter. The lawyer for that trial is there and ready to go.

Things in the courtroom start rolling and I wait and I wait some more. At 3:15 p.m., I get to stand up and speak to the judge; he determines that my trial is going to be adjourned.