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  • Writer's picturePeter K F Cheung SBS

Care Less

  1. FADE IN.


  2. Act 1


  3. INT. STUDY - 5:30 am


  4. Peter is studying files.


  5. PETER (V.O.): I daren't sleep more, I want to refine my preparation.


  6. Pausing.


  7. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've two court matters in the morning and a part-heard trial to deal with in the afternoon.


  8. Pausing.


  9. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): In one morning matter, the facts to be agreed are still outstanding.


  10. Pausing.


  11. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): I've prepared a draft but the defendant isn't legally represented.


  12. Pausing.


  13. PETER (V.O.) (Cont'd): My level of care about things is quite high. Can I care less?


  14. Act 2


  15. INT. COURT - 9.30am


  16. The court CLERK calls a number and a name.


  17. PETER: Your Worship, I'm prosecuting.


  18. No one responds to the Clerk's call.


  19. MAGISTRATE: This case is stood down for the time being.


  20. The court clerk calls another number and another name. DEFENDANT#1 comes forward. Peter plays his role.


  21. PETER: Do you plead guilty or not guilty?


  22. DEFENDANT#1: Guilty.


  23. Peter reads out the brief facts of the case and the Defendant agrees.


  24. PETER (V.O.): He's a visitor living in a hotel. Out of greed, he stole some fruits from a supermarket.


  25. MAGISTRATE: Convicted as charged.


  26. A COUNSEL mitigates for the Defendant.


  27. MAGISTRATE: As you've a clear record, I fine you $3000.


  28. The court clerk then calls the stood-down case. DEFENDANT#2 comes forward.


  29. MAGISTRATE: Why you're late?


  30. DEFENDANT: I feel unwell this morning.


  31. PETER then prosecutes.


  32. PETER: Do you plead guilty or not guilty?


  33. DEFENDANT#2: Not guilty.


  34. MAGISTRATE: Have you got the prosecution's papers from the Police?


  35. DEFENDENT#2: No. But I've just sought legal representation from the Duty Lawyer Service.


  36. MAGISTRATE: Despite the Court's suggestion to you to do that a couple of months ago, it's only today that you've done it?


  37. DEFENDENT#2 nods.


  38. MAGISTRATE: I forfeit your bail money...


  39. The Magistrate then asks Peter.


  40. MAGISTRATE: How many prosecution witnesses have you got?


  41. PETER: Your Worship, three. But the victim witness hasn't appeared yet. We've been calling him, but his phone was turned off.


  42. MAGISTRATE: Do you want to apply for an arrest warrant?


  43. PETER: Could I have your Worship's indulgence to find out why the victim is absent?


  44. The hearing is adjourned. Peter seeks support of a POL ICE OFFICER.


  45. POLICE OFFICER: My colleagues are visiting the victim's home.


  46. It is 11.00am. The VICTIM witness is in court. The court is in session again.


  47. PETER: Your worship, the Police has driven the victim witness here.


  48. The Magistrate turns her attention to the victim.


  49. MAGISTRATE: Why didn't you comply with the witness summons and come to court at 9:30am?


  50. VICTIM: I took some medication yesterday night, turned off my phone and missed the alarm.


  51. MAGISTRTE: You're wasting everybody's time. Do you know you might be fined for $5000 and sentenced to 12 months imprisonment?


  52. Pausing.


  53. MAGISTRATE: You must be punctual from now on!


  54. PETER (V.O.): Both Defendant#2 and the victim witness have very low level of care. They couldn't care less, actually.


  55. Act 3


  56. INT. COURT - 3:30pm


  57. Peter is submitting.


  58. PETER: Your Worship, this's the prosecution's case.


  59. MAGISTRATE: Prima facie case established.


  60. PETER (V.O.): That's means I've proved the essential elements of the charge.


  61. INT. STUDY - 10.30pm


  62. Relaxing on a sofa, Peter is reflecting.


  63. PETER (V.O.): Have I been caring too much? If yes, I can care less, actually.


  64. FADE OUT.


  65. THE END


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