There was a delay that led to a case being postponed in California doctor’s trial after he appeared for a Zoom court hearing while simultaneously conducting a surgery.
Dr. Scott Green, a plastic surgeon, showed up to his virtual Sacramento Superior Court hearing, held over Zoom, to contest a traffic violation, wearing scrubs, gloves, a mask and surgical cap.
“Are you available for trial?” a Sacramento Superior Court clerk asked Green during the proceeding, which was live-streamed. “It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room right now?” “I’m in an operating room,” he replied. “Yes I’m available for trial. Go right ahead.”
The sound of medical equipment beeping can be heard in the background, and Green is seen handling surgical tools in the live stream. He said another surgeon was nearby to assist with the surgery while he appeared for court.
But after he confirmed he was operating on a patient, Judge Gary Link, the court commissioner, rescheduled the trial.
“The Medical Board of California expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients,” the Board said in a statement.
The incident follows other virtual courtroom mishaps this year — including when a lawyer appeared as a sad kitten on screen during a Texas court proceeding last month.
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