However, that witness jumped off the witness stand as soon as she was excused for lunch. She jumped off without waiting for my instructions on what time to return and where to meet. 1:45 p.m. and all my phone calls to her are going to voicemail. If she doesn't show, the judge will tell the jury to disregard her entire testimony.
The doctor was supposed to come in at 1:00 to prepare his testimony for the afternoon. His office told me he left at 1:15. It's a ten minute ride with traffic. Still not here.
The stabbing victim and another witness were supposed to be in the office at 1:00 as well. They would testify after the doctor. Nowhere to be found.
Fifteen minutes until I'm supposed to continue the trial and I don't have any witnesses. Is it time to panic?
2:00 p.m. and I'm waiting outside the courtroom. The current witness on the stand saunters in and resumes testimony. At 2:45 the doctor appears and testifies. Shortly after, the next two witness show up and testify. Despite my arrangements and meticulous preparation everyone showed up late. As it happened their tardiness didn't affect the flow of the trial or the testimony.
Welcome to trial. No matter the preparation and arrangements, you can rarely control the situation. You can only control your stress level. Check back this weekend to see the result.