One Direction? Judge halts trial because he has no idea who boyband is

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“I am more of a Bach man myself”


A judge unfamiliar with popular pop culture momentarily halted court proceedings yesterday to enquire as to who the world’s biggest boy band One Direction was.

Judge Ian Lawrie QC, sitting at Plymouth Crown Court, was dealing with three defendants accused of flogging more than 1,000 counterfeit tops and hoodies bearing the images and trademarks of the four-piece pop outfit on eBay.

However, it would appear — based on yesterday’s court proceedings, at least — that judge Lawrie QC is not a devoted ‘Directioner’.

Despite having a string of number ones and a combined wealth of over £70 million, judge Lawrie QC had never heard of them. Bringing proceedings to a brief stop, the circuit judge told defence barrister Nick Lewin:

Don’t be surprised to hear that I have not heard of them.

Before clarifying for the benefit of court his own musical preference.

I am more of a Bach man myself.

Happy to help out the classical music-loving judge, Lewin responded:

They are absolutely huge. They are collectively worth about £70 million.

But before judge Lawrie QC nipped out to purchase 1D’s greatest hits from his local record shop including, obviously, their hit ‘They Don’t Know About Us’ Lewin was quick to add:

If you have not heard any of their music, then your honour is definitely blessed.

According to The Herald, the three defendants — who come from Plymouth, Newquay and Cornwall — admitted selling goods bearing false trademarks between 2009 and 2012. Given their t-shirts fetched as much £20 each, it is believed the group pocketed upwards of £150,000. They will be sentenced later today.

This isn’t the first time judge Lawrie QC has hit the headlines. Last year during a sexual assault case the judge had to ask a barrister to clarify what exactly a “onesie” was.

From onesies to One Direction, come on Lawrie, get with the times.



So when you say “halted”, you mean “asked a question”?



Shh! Don’t ruin the excellent article!



And there I was expecting the first swipe to relate to the ‘popular pop culture’ in the opening line.


Not Amused

This sort of nonsense just further distances lawyers from lay people.

I suspect the entire thing is a fiction. But if a provincial circus judge thinks it makes him appear sophisticated to feign ignorance, then I think the least we can do is ignore him.


Quo Vadis

I quite like the idea of being a provincial (gasp!) circus judge.


The professor

There must be lots of people of his age who (like me – more of a Beethoven man really) have either no idea or only the vaguest idea who or what one direction might be. The judge simply asked for clarification. It is not as funny as the case of the young New York (?) cop who arrested a shabby looking guy he thought might be homeless and up to no good. His colleagues asked him why he had arrested Bob Dylan – or so the story goes (please don’t spoil it for me)


1d counterfeit

It’s not fiction. I was there in the court. Actually it was me in the dock at the time. It was an amusing moment. And he genuinely didn’t know who they are!! Not a problem as I think it actually helped my case. Well I’m still out of jail.



Haven’t read the article, I’m sure it’s fascinating. Anyone know where I can purchase some good quality potatoes?


Boh Dear

So a middle-aged man hasn’t heard of a boy band aimed at teenage girls? Hardly surprising is it?

Don’t exactly think he should be lambasted for this lack of ‘knowledge’. His job is to apply and rule on the law; if he was a member of a pub quiz team then perhaps he would be worthy of some scorn.


Quo Vadis

He’s probably a Swiftie.



If it’s true it’s a good thing – do we want judges spending their free time listening to 1Direction and knowing about onesies?! Really?!



What on earth was the barrister thinking? He should have answered ‘I belive they’re a popular beat combo m’lud’



Malik Aforethought



Hmm… Bit of a misleading headline there…




plymouth newquay and cornwall …. newquay is in cornwall


Lord Lyle of N

What’s a onesie?

I’m more of a Walerian Borowczyk man myself. I heard of 1D as I have grand daughters etc.


Lord Lyle of Great Grandfatherliness

I just googled it. A onesie is a jump suit , like long johns. I got long johns. Hey I’m so with it and cool for a great grand dad 🙂


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