Macclesfield case reheard after judge fell asleep at bench

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  • Maybe the lawyer bored the pants of the bench.

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  • Maybe the above contributor was asleep when the above comment was posted - sure it was meant to say 'off'.......

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  • A very unusual event and magistrates tending to take their role very seriously. I am only surprised that the bench did not declare the issue themselves (I wonder how they were advsied by the LA)?

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  • ...unlike the witness who fell asleep during cross-examination.
    Counsel: "I'm waiting for an answer to that question..."
    Judge: "Mr. GL, I think the witness is asleep...."
    Apparently, the witness was on tranquilisers, but it still doesn't say much for the vigour of the questioning...

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  • I hope the regulators take note that an unpaid juror who did not turn up for service was jailed for 56 days.

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  • Exactly the same thing happened to me once, as a very junior advocate appearing in my first contested trial many, many years ago. The other two magistrates ignored it, the clerk (whose back was of course to the bench) didn't seem to notice and neither I nor my opponent knew what to do - so the issue was tactfully glossed-over. I wish I had had the nous back then to do as Ms King did and complain.
    Luckily the appeal to the Crown Court judge was much more entertaining...

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