Judge Fines Himself for Contempt of Court

Judge Raymond Voet’s courtroom policy is that all attendees who own an electronic device will be held in contempt of court if the device went off while the court session was on. Voet wouldn’t have ever imagined that this would happen to him. Having forgotten to turn off the handset, Voet’s smartphone just went off right in the middle of a prosecutor’s closing argument.

The smartphone started asking Voet for voice commands without any intervention. Judge Voet said, “I’m guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud, saying ‘I can’t understand you. Say something like Mom’”, notes AP.

Considering this little disturbance was in direct violation of his own rules, Voet fined himself $25 for contempt of court during a break.