Judge who fell asleep during trial given ‘formal advice’. “A line of coke at lunchtime like all the other judges – and you’ll be fine for the afternoon”.

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Judge who fell asleep during trial given 'formal advice'. A line of coke at lunchtime like all the other judges - and you'll be fine for the afternoon

A High Court judge has been given ‘formal advice’ after ‘momentarily’ falling asleep during a hearing.

Sources close to Mrs Justice Parker said the advice was to get a good night’s sleep and drink plenty of fluids. And if that doesn’t work then a line of coke should do the trick.

The Judicial Conduct Investigations Office (JCIO) said the conduct of Justice Parker was found to have the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary.

But an opinion poll indicates that 87% of Brits really aren’t that surprised. Dave from Bridgend, a regular in front of the courts said, ‘It happens all the time. One too many at lunchtime and they can barely keep their eyes open for the afternoon session. Thursday’s the worst cos it’s a beer and a curry for £8 at Spoons.’

In a statement the JCIO said they ‘took into consideration that the judge fell asleep only momentarily and showed remorse.’

In 2018 Lord Justice Fotherington-Smythe was suspended for an entire Friday afternoon after he was found to have a prostitute under his bench during a trial. He also received a dozen lashes – for which he paid £100.

And last month Justice Walrus of Nuneaton who ‘momentarily drove at 130mph’ between junctions 25 and 7 on the M1 but ‘said sorry’ was sentenced to 120 hours unpaid work. Walrus has challenged the decision saying that to work an entire year unpaid is excessive.

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