The first cigarette, the first shot, and the first coffee in the morning – there’s always a first time. I never before had filed a suit, but today I turned towards an official at a court, told what I had to tell – et voila! – I took legal action. One can do this without having to write down all and everything by oneself, but by telling the official what the case would be – zur Niederschrift – for the record or the minutes (minutiae, an interesting word). Out of the printer falls a very banal-looking piece of grey paper (three copies), the man signs it, I pen my name under it – and that is it. 20 minutes. Looking for a parking bay took longer than this.
I had to meet a deadline (who needs them!? Veto within one month.), and I had some qualms before I came to this decision. This, other work and a strange feeling of unease prohibited me from writing here or on g+. But in the end I decided that I have been fooled and a level of nonsense is reached that I do not want to accept any more. The exchange of arguments dates back to 2008, and I think I was not given a proper explanation for some decisions – “We never did this and do not accept your proposal” is not an explanation in the narrower sense of the word; I translate it simply with “We don’t want. Go away!” And pretty much that is what I was told when I phoned them in December: We have our legal concept, and if you do not accept it, you are free to take legal action (“Wenn’s inne ned bassd, müsse’se hald glach!” I was told this four times, honestly.).
They reckon that poor people simply recoil from taking action. Of course I can not pay a lawyer. But I do not have to: I can file a suit and thus have the court take action without cost. I can file for monetary help: It simply can not be possible that a man can not take legal action because of lack of money. In earlier day this was called Armenrecht, today we speak of Prozeßkostenbeihilfe. I know that I qualify for court grants of legal aid, my monetary situation is a desaster. Connected with this validation is a review of the case by the court – is it simply a matter of barrantry, or is it a rightful case that can be accepted? If the court accepts it, I can ask for a lawyer, and he will be paied by the court.
All this will take at least one year or longer, but it is worth the wait. I am simply tired of getting messed around again. The subject – of course – is money, radix malorum, but by GOd I do not love it, all this is self-defence: I swear it is self-defence …