A 51-year-old man was caught taking photographs from the public gallery of a crown court.
Steven Rose used his smart phone to take three photographs of a man who was sitting in front of him at Teesside Crown Court.
Taking photographs or using any recording device in court is a serious matter, and one for which the person concerned could go to prison.Judge Simon Bourne Arton
He was seen by court staff who confiscated his phone.
Rose, of Galsworthy Road, Hartlepool, was ordered to appear in court the next day to explain himself to the Recorder of Middlesbrough, Judge Simon Bourne Arton.
Rachel Dyson, defending, said: “Mr Rose wishes to apologise.
“He has a dispute with the subject of the photographs, but that has nothing directly to do with the trial in court at the time.
“His actions, while foolish, did not adversely impact the course of that trial.”
Judge Bourne Arton told Rose he would not formally find him in contempt of court.
The judge added: “I didn’t see what happened, nor did the jury.
“Taking photographs or using any recording device in court is a serious matter, and one for which the person concerned could go to prison.
“I hope you have learned your lesson.”
The judge ordered Rose’s phone to be returned to him.