Sometimes to the detriment of all concerned.
I was assessing a new Chairman from the well of the Court today and, after a trial for a serious assault, the defendant, a woman of 26, was called back into Court to hear the verdict whereupon she let out such a stream of invective that the Chairman was unable to continue with the verdict. This was at 10:50 this morning.
She was warned to be silent but continued to misbehave as though she had a deathwish. Eventually the Chairman told her that one more utterance out of place would earn her a trip to the cells.
Did she take notice? Did she heck. Seconds later she was in handcuffs being lead down to the cells where she would remain until Court-rise, when she would be given the opportunity of apologising to the Court or else being formally charged with contempt and remanded in custody at the very least, overnight.
The verdict? Oh yes, she was to have been told that there was insufficient evidence to secure a conviction and was therefore found not guilty and was (or would have been) free to leave the Court.
She was brought, somewhat sheepishly, having been told the verdict by her advocate, at a little after 17:00, before a different bench at which time she made the appropriate apology and was released forthwith.
Some people don't know when to shut up for their own good