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No phones in court, please

District Judge Nigel Law reminds solicitors and litigants of the etiquette and the law surrounding telephones and recording in court

7 February 2017

I am of the generation whose parents didn’t own a television for many years. In my case our first television arrived just before the World Cup final in 1966. I didn’t have use of a phone except with my parents’ permission for many years and didn’t use a computer until the 1980s. Now everyone entering a courtroom carries a telephone – some litigants even carry three (I will leave it to the readership to work out why they have three phones).

I am fed up with phones ringing during proceedings and hearing a beep that lets us all know that a text or other messages has been received. I continue to have the phone battery or telephone handed to my usher for safe keeping, and on occasions I have excluded the litigant from court if they are represented and the hearing can proceed in their absence. I haven’t yet had to revert to contempt proceedings but I fear it will happen soon. With yo...

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