You Can Keep the Damn Phone
by Jamison Koehler on September 11, 2012
The General District Court in Arlington County, as it turns out, has a policy of confiscating lawyers’ cell phones when they go off in court. I know, I know. It is very annoying and also disrespectful, particularly when you are standing at the bar of the court when it happens. But we are only human.
The bailiff, always very courteous, tells you that you can pick it up the following afternoon from the clerk’s office. He usually waits until you are actually addressing the court before telling you this.
With a trial scheduled for today, I couldn’t afford to be without my phone, even for an afternoon. So I ran to the local Apple store to buy myself another one.