An Issue With the Phones

    A New York woman turned herself in on Tuesday after learning that a warrant had been issued for her arrest.

    Kimberly Sceili was instructed over Columbus Day weekend to be in East Hampton Justice Court on Sept. 25 to answer a charge of driving with a suspended license. She did not show up until Tuesday, when a court clerk informed her of the warrant.

    Her license was suspended for failure to pay a Connecticut motor vehicle department fee, she told Justice Lisa Rana.

    “Why didn’t you come to court?” Justice Rana asked.

    Ms. Sceili told the court she had had a personal crisis that week, adding that she had repeatedly tried to call to explain.
    “Who did you call?”

    “I called the town court.” Ms. Sceili said her call first went into a strange-sounding voicemail, then into a garbled, noisy connection.

    “There was one day when everything went crazy,” a court guard reminded the justice.

    “It was the 20th I called on,” the woman said.

    Court workers and attorneys who deal with it on a daily basis say that the phone system in the court has bad days and very bad days. The 20th was a very bad day.

    Justice Rana thanked Ms. Sceili for coming, and reminded her to appear at her next court date with an abstract showing that she had made the payment due in Connecticut.

    “We’ve had an issue with the phones,” the justice said, shaking her head.