The legitimisation of workplace naps

The Poorhouse is no stranger to the sneaky afternoon (or morning for that matter) nap at work, but has always felt that that is one of the many, many features rendering him unemployable for anything that could be described as high status and even somewhat deserving of the odd berating. Perhaps this was a mistaken assumption.

That bastion of society, the judge, apparently has a fair enough chance of being allowed to snooze in the workplace. The precedent was perhaps set with an Australian Judge Ian Dodd who was the sentencing judge in a drugs case, where the two defendants were sentenced to 13 and 10 years respectively, whose attentive nature was somewhat akin to the Poorhouse's workplace demeanour after "two pint Tuesday".

Judge Grove, to whom the case went to appeal based on the fact that the Dodd could not stay awake during the case, and that, if nothing else, his snoring distracted the defendants somewhat whilst giving evidence:

...accepted that Dodd "nodded off" from time to time and "on other occasions, notably when he was heard to snore, was asleep in a real and practical sense".

Nonetheless, the appeal failed as Judge Grove came to the some-would-stay-somewhat-astonishing conclusion that "that a judge must be constantly attentive is not a fundamental requirement" of a trial. Bonus!

To be fair, the sleepy judge was subsequently diagnosed with sleep apnoea rather than simply, for example, a hangover, but nonetheless there are probably few jobs of any sort where one could get away with sleeping mid-way through work - let alone the sort of jobs where constant attentiveness to evidence can either makes or break other people's future existence. Perhaps Judge Grove was also a little tired that day and wanted to ensure that he himself a license to sleep if necessary.


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