I get what you are saying, not sure where Judge Ito came into this - haa haaaa!!!
I'm just saying, I worked for over 20 years in law, no Judge, even in small claims court, is going to figure out who the crockpot belongs too.
They are backed up, they need to move it along. It's a waste of time and money. That's just it.
Not small claims, but in Civil Cases, like a bad divorce, usually the Judge will tell the attorneys their clients need to negotiate who owns "the pots and pans" or they will just make a decision one way or the other and fast. There's just no time to ar