A JUDGE found he had to administer justice on himself after his smartphone started to make a noise inside court.

Judge Raymond Voet managed to contravene a rule he had set up stating anyone with electronic devices causing a disturbance during court sessions would be in contempt of court. The man in charge was left embarrassed, and in a bit of trouble, after his phone started to request voice commands in his court in Michigan, US.

He offered up excuses for his misstep but this wasn’t enough for him to avoid a $25 (£16) penalty. “I am guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud. I can’t understand you. Say something like Mom,” he said.

He also said he wasn’t sure how to operate his new touchscreen phone. ‘That’s an excuse, but I don’t take those excuses from anyone else,’ he added. ‘I set the bar high, because cellphones are a distraction and there is very serious business going on.’                                                                         –GN