Breaking — DCBA to Shutter Courthouse Night Box!

Like many of you, I received a note this morning from the DCBA, marking yet another passage of an era:

The Dade County Bar Association will no longer provide a filing box at the Dade County Courthouse for Third District Court of Appeal filings. All filings can now be made at the Third District Court of Appeal, in the night filing box located adjacent to the entrance steps at the Third District Court of Appeal, which is located at 2001 SW 117 Avenue, in Miami, Florida.  

Attorneys can now file directly at the Third District Court of Appeal throughout the evening and early morning. Documents place in the box prior to 8:00 a.m. will be clocked in as being “nightbox” filed as of the previous business day. There is no fee for using the filing box at the Third District Court of Appeal.

Since 1976, the DCBA has maintained a night filing box for the Third District Court of Appeal, located in the Clerk’s Office at the Dade County Courthouse. Due to budget cuts affecting the Clerk of the Courts, that office reduced its hours and commenced closing at 4:00 p.m., thus eliminating the option of night filing.

Who else can remember late-night rushes to 73 West Flagler to drop off your expertly written pleading, followed by libations at Sally Russells, at which point everyone promptly forgot what case they were working on?