Lawyers aren’t always that funny. Remember the "iPad oxygen" quip made by Stephen Miller QC at an inquest for a man who’d died in hospital after equipment failures?
But I’m happy to report that yesterday Miller’s fellow barrister Andrew Dallas proved some members of the legal profession have a decent sense of humour.
After Karel Novotny, who speaks no English, had his hearing at Bradford Crown Court adjourned for a second time earlier this week because, once again, no interpreter had turned up, Dallas asked:
“Is it quicker if I learned Czech?”
After the laughter subsided, Judge Durham Hall said a wasted costs order would be made against Applied Language Solutions subject to any further representations from them.
As a coroner struggled to work her new iPad at an inquest for a man who had died in hospital after equipment failures, Stephen Miller QC sniffed an opportunity for a brilliant gag.
The technophobe coroner should "make sure the oxygen switch was switched on", quipped 1 Crown Office Row’s resident comic genius, who was representing the NHS at the hearing.
The deceased’s grieving family, seated nearby, overheard the remark and asked for an apology. But Miller was so overcome with mirth at his world-class joke that he “laughed in my face and then walked away”, according to the dead man’s son.