Judge fines self over cellphone

District judge in Michigan holds himself in contempt of court

Published On: Apr 15 2013 09:43:39 AM CDT

A judge in Michigan held himself to the law, fining himself after his cellphone went off in court.

District Judge Raymond Voet has a strict policy against cellphones, stating that any electronic device causing a disturbance in court will result in a fine and contempt of court citation, the Sentinel-Standard of Iona reported.

During closing arguments in a domestic violence trial last Friday, Voet's touchscreen smartphone began asking him for voice commands from his shirt pocket.

"I'm guessing I bumped it. It started talking really loud, saying 'I can't understand you. Say something like Mom,'" Voet told the Sentinel-Standard. "My face got as red as a beet."

During the next recess, Voet held himself in contempt of court and paid $25 for the infraction, according to MLive.com.

"Judges are humans," he told MLive.com. "They're not above the rules. I broke the rule and I have to live by it."