Wednesday, 17 June 2015

GERMAN JUDGE'S TEXTING LEADS TO RETRIALS





















It said mobile phones had no place in the courtroom, and banned judges from using them while hearing a case.
At the time, the judge was presiding over the trial of two men on stabbing charges at a court in Frankfurt.
Lawyers for the accused lodged a motion of bias against the defense after the judge was seen using a mobile phone.
Germany's Federal Court of Justice (BGH) threw out the convictions after the judge - who has not been identified - was found to have checked the phone several times during 10 minutes of witness testimony.
The judge also texted a babysitter twice when the hearing ran over longer than expected.
BGH judge Thomas Fischer said mobile phones "do not belong in the courtroom - that goes for onlookers, lawyers and of course also for judges".

He stressed that judges must be focused on the case at all times.

Henry J Williams

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