Judge, 68, disciplined for FALLING ASLEEP while hearing a case in the High Court


A JUDGE has been disciplined for falling asleep during a court case.

Mrs Justice Parker, 68, dozed off briefly at the High Court in London.

Mrs Justice Parker, 68, has been warned after falling asleep

Legal bosses launched an investigation after lawyers in the family case lodged complaints.

She has now been ticked off and handed “formal advice”, the Judicial Conduct Investigations Office said.

The judge avoided further punishment because she fell asleep “only momentarily”.

A spokesman said: “Mrs Justice Parker has been issued with formal advice following a complaint by parties in a case that she had fallen asleep during a hearing.

“While concluding that this amounted to conduct which had the potential to undermine public confidence in the judiciary, the Lord Chancellor and the Lord Chief Justice took into consideration that the judge fell asleep only momentarily and has expressed remorse.”

Mrs Justice Parker was made a dame in 2008 after being appointed as a High Court judge.

She rules on cases involving the welfare of children.

The judge made headlines in 2016 when she ruled that a “profoundly disabled” two-year-old boy would only be given end-of-life care.

Her decision was slammed by the boy’s devastated parents, whose lawyer said afterwards that the court had “effectively condemned their son to death”.

Mrs Justice Parker also once put a baby up for adoption partly as parents had not bothered to give him a name after five months.

The High Court in London, where Mrs Justice Parker fell asleep during a hearing
PA:Press Association

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