Case of the week

Judge Valerie Pearlman presided over a u6 million international fraud trial from her hospital bed in Bartholomew's Hospital in London. Despite suffering from a badly broken leg, Judge Pearlman insisted on continuing with the case to avoid the expense of a retrial, estimated to be about u2.5m. The entire hearing moved to the main hall at St Bart's for two days and Judge Pearlman later had a video link set up by her bed so she could answer jury questions.