Judge’s Phone Rings During High Court Hearing


Sky News:- A High Court judge has apologised after his mobile phone rang during a hearing, filling the room with the sound of a classic 1960s tune.

Judge David Holland was assessing the concerns of environmental campaigners about the impact of the HS2 rail line when his handset’s ringtone, the rhythm and blues classic Soul Limbo, was heard.

“I am sorry,” said the judge as he switched off the phone in the court in London on Wednesday. “Very rude of me.”

The song, by American band Booker T and the MGs, was for many years used to introduce the BBC’s Test match cricket coverage.

He is not the only judge whose proceedings have been interrupted by phones going off and the justice system is showing signs of adapting to the technology.

In 2017, a different High Court judge, Mr Justice Holman, told a lawyer whose phone had rung that he did not mind if mobiles went off during hearings and urged the red-faced representative to answer it.


  1. While it is not permitted to use cell phone while on some jobs; there are times when it may be necessary to do so. A Public bus driver in one of the US states was fired for using a celll phone to call police while he was driving the bus. He called police when he say a crime in progress. After a huge outcry from the public, he was re-instated. Sometimes we forget that there is something called common sense, which will cause us to do things outside the guidelines.

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