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    So it's the middle of the night and we have a major crime investigation underway, and our investigator determines we need to get a search warrant. Due to the circumstances, we did not want a Magistrate (who are 24/7 here) to sign off on it. One of our supervisors ends up calling and waking up a Superior Court Judge, and they actually go by his house and have their hearing in his living room. Never been involved in that before so I thought it was pretty cool, as they said he was happy to see them. You guys ever had to wake up The Man for a search warrant or anything?

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    A few times, met one out on the golf course once for a search warrant, they don't mind as they view it as part of their job
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    • #3
      Used to do it all the time.


      Our court system had an on call system so the dispatcher just paged the on call judge.

      We then went to his house........................usually by the time we got there he was awake and and the coffee on.
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      • #4
        Judges around here don't care. I get the feeling they sort of like it, makes them feel important.

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        • #5
          One of the judges here has a brother on a local PD. In fact, sometimes the cop brother stops by, uses judges computer, prints, judge signs, and away they go.

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          • #6
            Yeah, here in the people's republic of NJ, you do NOT WAKE up a superior court judge for a search warrant unless it is a leaky bag of you know what where time is of the essence.. IE homicide, etc. Gotta love liberal states!!! NOT.
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            • #7
              Common place here. Actually, I think more often than not it seems to be after hours for me. Just the luck of the draw I guess.
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              • #8
                We do it all the time for blood search warrants. municipal court judges; we fax it to them. We have one district judge and we just go by his house. An officer brought the prisoner over there one time to get one signed. LOL We have a sign in the report room now that says "DON'T BRING YOUR PRISONER WITH YOU TO JUDGE SOANDSO'S HOUSE".

                I always thank them for being on call.

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                • #9
                  Originally posted by RoadKingTrooper View Post
                  A few times, met one out on the golf course once for a search warrant, they don't mind as they view it as part of their job
                  +1. I would like to add it's usually the states attorney's office that does the whining when they are woken up.
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                  • #10
                    There is always a judge on call here. They are on a rotation, and the on-call judge carries a county-issued cell phone that dispatch contacts him or her on. The on-call gets called at least once or twice every evening/night for emergency protective orders, and occasional search warrants.
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                    • #11
                      I had to do it once so I could send a 13 yo armed robbery suspect and his 11 yo partner to YDC. The judge called me on my cell to give me directions (guess he got the number from dispatch), told me to have a seat on the couch, read the report, signed, and offered my a bottle of water and said good job.

                      Now that I think of it, that was the first time he read my report before signing in a while. that was one good thing about small town policing, the judge knew those who always made good cases and treated us well.
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                      • #12
                        One time only...

                        During a massive flood destruction situation I desperately needed a superior court judge for an RO. The on-call judge absolutely refused to take the case...going so far as to ask me, "what are you going to do about it?" My response was to personally call the chief justice of the NH Supreme Court. He gave me 30 seconds to tell why I had called him. He took the call and then said, "I am NOT pleased". After letting me sweat bullets for an hour or so he actually called me back and told me he wasn't upset that I had called him, rather he was angry that we HAD to call him. That guy walks on water from my viewpoint. But that ain't a resolution you use more than once per lifetime.

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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Thin Blue Line View Post
                          So it's the middle of the night and we have a major crime investigation underway, and our investigator determines we need to get a search warrant. Due to the circumstances, we did not want a Magistrate (who are 24/7 here) to sign off on it. One of our supervisors ends up calling and waking up a Superior Court Judge, and they actually go by his house and have their hearing in his living room. Never been involved in that before so I thought it was pretty cool, as they said he was happy to see them. You guys ever had to wake up The Man for a search warrant or anything?
                          Why didn't you want the on-call magistrate? Here, a magistrate's warrant is the same as a judges warrant.
                          Originally posted by K40
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                          • #14
                            We will use a Magistrate if its for a dope seach warrant or something of that nature, but for a homicide, rape, or any other major crime, it is standard to at least get a district court but preferably a superior court judge to sign it. Then there is very little chance of the search warrant getting challenged.

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                            • #15
                              Do it frequently. I type up the warrant with an affidavit and fax it to wherever the judge happens to be (we have a list of home numbers for the county judges) the judge reads and signs it or not and away you go o serve it.

                              We also have a hotline for emergency DVPs. Call the hotline and a judge from somewhere in the state calls you back on your cell phone. You read the facts of the case and the judge say yes or no and tells you which boxes to check and to sign the form. 2 minute phone call.
                              Last edited by major g; 04-19-2011, 01:47 AM.

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