Originally uploaded by Likelihood of Confusion.
Well, of a very heavy courthouse, anyway. The New York State courts are not necessarily accorded great respect by those who have the choice of litigating there or in the federal courts, but they do have two distinct advantages in New York County (Manhattan).
One is the architecture. The courthouse pictured here, and in the related pictures at this link, is the backdrop for TV shows such as Law and Order and is the epitome of classical courthouse design. And these buildings are not in bad shape, though the courtrooms themselves are quite tired.
The other is that you can bring your darned cell phone into the building, which you can’t do in the federal court in Manhattan, which overall are designed to put lawyers in their place. This morning was a pleasant interlude for LIKELIHOOD OF CONFUSION in New York state court, along with its charming brick and stone and relaxed procedures, and for a change it hit the spot.