Tuesday, February 5, 2008

Eastern District Bankruptcy Court: PDA paradise

Now, here's something you don't run across everyday: a chief judge who doesn't care if folks in the courtroom tap away on computers, calculators and Blackberries.

Or, get this, chat on a cell phone.

Just keep it down.

That's the word from Steven W. Rhodes, chief judge of the Bankruptcy Court for the Eastern District of Michigan.

You can only guess what prompted the judge's Feb. 4 memo to security officers in the court's Detroit, Flint and Bay City facilities. But his message is clear:

"It is the policy of the Bankruptcy Court that electronic devices may be used in court facilities in our building, including courtrooms, as long as their use is quiet and does not disrupt court proceedings."
The judge hasn't forgotten about the Luddites out there. Rhodes' memo also permits newspaper reading.

Just keep it down.

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