JUDGES: SOME COURTS DO HAVE ‘EM: MISSIVES FROM THE BENCH: “IT MUST HAVE BEEN A VERY SHORT JOURNEY”
There has been a recent trend on Twitter for people to share their “favourite” moments of intervention from the bench. Here is an edited collection (there is talk of these going into a book to raise money for charity).
“DJ Tynas at Macclesfield
I had a hearing in chambers. He was fond of keeping his dogs in there. As one was gumming at my coat he said:
“That one’s half blind and half deaf. I call him The Court of Appeal.””
My favourite ever judicial intervention – judge to witness: take it slowly, I want to take a thorough note in case I believe a word you’re telling me”
My favorite judicial comment. After 3 days of evidence in a property ownership case: “Gentlemen, I’ll adjourn now and we’ll have written submissions and I want you to assume that I’ve not believed a word that I’ve been told for the last three days”
A man appearing on a bench warrant one December was brought straight to Sheffield Crown Court wearing a Father Christmas costume after being arrested at a kids party. Coming into the dock apologising for his outfit, the judge replied ‘Don’t you worry, look what they made me wear’