Traffic Court – An Inspirational Place

This morning I spent time in traffic court.  The reasons aren’t important but it had to do with this.

Any hoo, Judge P. ran a very neat and orderly courtroom.  He had a fair and even hand when evaluating the cases before him.  That wasn’t the interesting part.

The interesting part started in the courtroom lobby.  People of all walks of life were waiting with me.  As I arrived early, I had a chance to look around the lobby and chanced across a clearly defined dress code.  No shorts, no tank tops, no exposed midriffs or pants expose anything in appropriate.  As I was dressed for work, the dress code wasn’t an issue.

The magic time arrives, the bailiff lines us up in two rows, one for the men and one for the women. Announcing the courtroom etiquette rules of dress and decorum. Immediately, ten people were sent to the back of the line with a list of what is appropriate in courtroom apparel.  They may or may not be able to present themselves to the judge.  A young couple had been sitting next to me early, had plotted out their strategy with the judge.  She has had several moving violations and spent time in jail as a result.  They were both angry in the lobby.  Her names gets called, and her game is in play.  Now Judge P.  has seen everything.  Including, sweet young things who have a plan.  Long story short? Her license was still suspended, she still had to pay fines AND serve time.


Just watching the human factor in this experience got my creative juices flowing.  Watching the people, you could certainly tell a lot about them.  Great character can be built out of experiences like this.

My question to you is where do you get your characters from?



  • How wonderful that you were able to take a somewhat unpleasant situation and turn it into a plethora of inspiration. 🙂

    A few years back I had jury duty and that was an amazing assortment of characters waiting to take shape. From the jury pool to the courtroom my imagination was in overdrive. 🙂

    Coffee shops, airports, grocery stores (probably my favorite), and the movies are some other places where my muse goes crazy with ideas.

    Nice post! 🙂

    • Thanks for stopping by! Life is definitely a smorgasbord of idea.

  • Most of the fictional writing I do is basedon characters I know or have met in the past. You pose an interesting question. I hope you have a great day. Blessings…Mary

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