Mrs Justice Judd’s comments about woman pretending to have a cough were accidentally heard by high court

A high court judge has been taken off a case centred on the care of a child after “pejorative comments” she made about the child’s mother were accidentally broadcast to people taking part in a hearing remotely.

Mrs Justice Judd had said the woman was pretending to have a cough and was trying “every trick in the book” to avoid answering difficult questions, not realising that a link to the virtual courtroom remained open on her laptop.

Appeal court judges upheld a challenge from the child’s mother asking Judd to step down from the case, after the private telephone conversation with her clerk was heard by legal representatives taking part via videolink.

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