Urban Sketching in Criminal Court
The Weekday Urban Sketchers of New York City met in Arraignments Court a week ago to sketch the proceedings. The action was fast, with the accused appearing before the judge, with the prosecuting and defending attorneys making brief statements, mainly about setting bail and court dates for their court appearances. Occasionally a guilty plea was entered and the judge informed the felon about the process and confirmed the decision. Our small group sat at the back of the courtroom and watched and sketched for almost two hours, without anyone paying attention to us.
Judge, Lawyers, and the accused: I grouped several of the felons, most in hoodies, the lawyers, and the judge in one composite drawing.
Near the end of the morning a Mother and Child came in for a few minutes and sat opposite me. Several minutes after I began my sketch, she departed, and was probably a Wife or Girlfriend who just was there to hear the Judge and the bail decision. Many of the accused had family members who were there to confirm that they weren't a flight risk, and had ties to the community.