The lay litigant enters a temple of mysteries whose ceremonies are dark, complex and unfathomable. Pretrial procedures are the cabalistic rituals of the lawyers and judges who serve as priests and high priests. The layman knows nothing of their tactical significance. He knows only that his case remains in limbo while the priests and high priests chant their length and arcane pretrial rites.
Source: Daley v. County of Butte, 227 Cal. App 2d 380, 392 (1964);Legal research By Stephen Elias, Susan Levinkind, Richard Stim
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