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Most practitioners are aware that papers must be filed, and fees paid, in the clerk’s office before they are presented at the 11 a.m. ex parte calendar. They may not be aware that the line to file papers in the clerk’s office is long and slow. An attorney can count on waiting at least one-half hour in line, with nothing to do but admire the tattoos on the bicycle messengers. On Wednesday afternoons, the wait rises to 1 1/2 hours. I would suggest that anyone with an ex parte application plan to arrive at the clerk’s office, papers and check in hand, no later than 10 a.m. on the day of the hearing. Much anguish can be avoided. Michael V. Mahoney San Francisco

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