When disputes arise at depositions, as they often do, lawyers will threaten to get the judge on the line to decide who’s right and who’s wrong. A discussion at last week’s bench-bar conference in Roanoke made one thing clear – you better check who your judge is before you ask for telephonic jurisprudence.
Circuit Judge Pat Doherty spoke expansively, telling lawyers if they run into problems during depositions, “We all take phone calls. We’ll try to resolve it.” Near the other end of the dais, however, Circuit Judge William Broadhurst (pictured) was shaking his head. “Don’t call me,” he said. “Get it worked out.”
“I’ll take Broadhurst’s calls,” offered U.S. Magistrate Judge Michael Urbanski in a spirit of federal-state cooperation, bringing that colloquy to an end with prolonged laughter.