A doctor in Sacramento, California joined a traffic court hearing on Zoom while performing surgery on a patient.
Scott Green was dressed in surgical scrubs in an operating theatre when he appeared at his virtual trial on Thursday, the Sacramento Bee reported.
When questioned by the judge, Mr Green said he was happy to go ahead, and that he had “another surgeon right here who’s doing the surgery with me”.
The judge said that would not be “appropriate” and postponed the trial.
The Medical Board of California has now said in a statement that it would look into the incident, adding that it “expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients”.
Before the Sacramento Superior Court hearing, which was livestreamed on YouTube, a court clerk asked the plastic surgeon: “Hello, Mr Green? Hi. Are you available for trial? It kind of looks like you’re in an operating room.”
Green responded: “I am, sir. Yes, I’m in an operating room right now. Yes, I’m available for trial. Go right ahead.”
Judge: “Unless I’m mistaken, I’m seeing a defendant who’s in the middle of an operating room appearing to be actively engaged in providing services to a patient. Is that correct, Mr. Green?”
Defendant: “Yes, sir.”
Judge: “Or should I say, Dr. Green.”
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This isn’t the first Zoom court mishap to go viral.
Earlier this month, a lawyer was unable to remove a cat filter from his screen, before telling the judge he was happy to go ahead anyway: “I’m here live, I’m not a cat.”