Originally Posted by GLOCKshooter
I had better be more careful then! I have been under the impression that I would be "safe" with the pearl in a magnet holster. If I'm in court any any music goes off, or ringing from a bluetooth headset, the judge will have a new phone and I'll be back at T-Mobile!
I know about all this. And I teach students too.
Your best bet is to turn the phone off.
Here in San Francisco the fed judge clerks command that all phones be turned off, not put on silent, not put on vibrate only. They command this because the judges do not like cell phones going off and lawyers make mistakes in thinking the phones are on silent mode.
Most other courts I have been in now require phones to be turned off.
So I would not risk that you properly set the phone to vibrate, etc. Better to turn the phone off.
To emphasize the point I had one student play a gag with me. I gave her an old phone which she put in her purse. I then surreptitiously called her real phone during class. I walked up, said hand me her ringing phone [really the old one I gave her] and I then hammered the sheet out of it with a gavel that I take to class. Students were alarmed and point was made. Never heard a phone go off the entire semester.
Point: turn off the phone.
Bonus Comment: The cornier the ringtone, the madder the Judge will get. E.g., "Here come da judge, ha, ha, ha, here come da judge, ho, ho, ho."