Over the past several years (well, more like the past 15 years) I have received an unwelcome, hands-on education about getting involved in the court system. After a lot of reflection (and disappointment), I came to realize that getting involved in the court system generally leads to unhappiness. This may be obvious to many, but it took me a while to realize that it is probably best to just to stay out of the court system. Stay away from the police, jail, traffic tickets, parking tickets, etc. My basic thinking was that if I am ever forced into one of these systems, I want to get out as quickly as possible. Pay the fines/bribes/whatever. Just get out.