A scheduling glitch that put nearly 1,000 people on the yesterday morning’s traffic docket in Nashville overwhelmed court workers and had fire inspectors barring people from court because the building was so packed. Traffic was chaotic, and dozens of people were forced to stand outside in the rain. The Tennessean says that the problem was caused by the police department, which schedules the docket when officers write traffic citations.
Court officials are frustrated because police aren’t consistent and will sometimes overwhelm the court on one docket and have another one with few scheduled appearances. There were 1,213 tickets issued to people scheduled to go to court yesterday at 9:30 a.m., and only two people scheduled to show up today at 12:30 p.m. Presiding Judge Casey Moreland complained to Police Chief Ronal Serpas, “The chief was very willing to solve the problem,”” he said. The inconsistent scheduling was made worse yesterday because police have been cracking down on traffic violators, the judge said.