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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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