Question of the Week

What do you do with your cellphone while you’re in court?

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At the recent 2019 ABA Annual Meeting, the House of Delegates approved a resolution that encouraged courts and bar associations to review their policies on cellphone use and admittance in courthouses.

The primary reasons that cellphones have been banned from courthouses are because of the possibility that they may disrupt legal proceedings; contain firearms or trigger explosive devices; and be used to threaten witnesses, jurors, prosecutors and other trial participants.

Lawyers often may use their cellphones to keep in touch with clients when they’re out of the office, while many litigants may be unaware that cellphones are prohibited until they arrive at the courthouse.

This week, we’d like to ask: What do you do with your cellphone while you’re in court? What is your courthouse’s policy regarding cellphones for litigants and spectators?

Answer in the comments on our social media channels via Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Check out last week’s question: Do you act like a lawyer with your family and friends?

And view some of last week’s answers from Facebook, Twitter and LinkedIn.

Featured answer:

Posted by Emily Weaver on LinkedIn:

“Apparently, I use legal jargon at home, as last week, my 3-year-old told me I should ‘sue’ a truck for parking on the sidewalk. Can you imagine a world with toddlers crafting our legal arguments?”

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