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Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy. A: You mumbled on the first part of that and I couldn't understand what you were saying. Could you repeat the question? Q: I mumbled, did I? Well, we'll just ask the court repor Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy. A: You mumbled on the first part of that and I couldn't understand what you were saying. Could you repeat the question? Q: I mumbled, did I? Well, we'll just ask the court reporter to read back what I said. She didn't indicate any problem understanding what I said, so obviously she understood every word. We'll just have her read my question back and find out if there was any mumbling going on. Madam reporter, would you be so kind?  Court Reporter: Mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.


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Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy. A: You mumbled on the first part of that and I couldn't understand what you were saying. Could you repeat the question? Q: I mumbled, did I? Well, we'll just ask the court repor Sit back and enjoy a collection of verbatim exchanges from the halls of justice, where defendants and plaintiffs, lawyers and witnesses, juries and judges, collide to produce memorably insane comedy. A: You mumbled on the first part of that and I couldn't understand what you were saying. Could you repeat the question? Q: I mumbled, did I? Well, we'll just ask the court reporter to read back what I said. She didn't indicate any problem understanding what I said, so obviously she understood every word. We'll just have her read my question back and find out if there was any mumbling going on. Madam reporter, would you be so kind?  Court Reporter: Mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble, mumble.

30 review for Disorder in the Court: Great Fractured Moments in Courtroom History

  1. 4 out of 5

    Jenny

    Not nearly as funny as the facebook post was.

  2. 4 out of 5

    Bren fall in love with the sea.

    Hysterical! I actually got this for someone as a gift but wound up reading it myself. Hysterical! I cannot believe some of these things were actually said. I really can’t. If you just want to read something to make you laugh..congrats, this is the book to do that!

  3. 5 out of 5

    jessica ☾

    This was absolutely hilarious! There were some parts that I didn’t really get, but I think that’s mainly due to my lack of judicial system knowledge.

  4. 4 out of 5

    ChrisA

    I chose “Disorder in the Court” because I was looking for something unique and funny for me to read. The book is about all the stupid and silly things people have said and done in a courtroom. From accounts of people misunderstanding terms in the courtroom to people saying ridiculous stories. Each story has a unique name for what’s occurring in the court. Each type of story is in its own chapter. For example, a story about the judge saying something funny would be in a chapter labeled “The Judg I chose “Disorder in the Court” because I was looking for something unique and funny for me to read. The book is about all the stupid and silly things people have said and done in a courtroom. From accounts of people misunderstanding terms in the courtroom to people saying ridiculous stories. Each story has a unique name for what’s occurring in the court. Each type of story is in its own chapter. For example, a story about the judge saying something funny would be in a chapter labeled “The Judges” with other stories involving judges. That’s how this book is organized. What worked was how the author set up each story. It has the title in the biggest font with the location of where it occurred just below it. It is followed by quotes of the people speaking in the courtroom with bolded names beside the quotes to clarify who’s speaking. “The Court: Please begin. Counsel: Thank you. Q. (to witness) Miss, while you have, if you do have- you still- oh, you don’t. The Court: That was a great start, Counsel” (Sevilla 40) The chapters were organized to help you find specific genres of stories. Say you wanted to find a story where the defendants say stupid things. You can look in the contents section and find where that story would be in the book. What didn’t work was that lots of things in the book got repetitive. At times it feels like you’re reading the same thing over and over again. You would read similar jokes back to back since every joke in a chapter is somewhat similar. It made the reading feel slower because it was like reading the same thing at times. It slowly made the book less interesting for me when I came to parts like that. Some jokes are actually pretty funny, but some jokes make no sense or just aren’t funny. However, I think this book is a decent read overall.

  5. 4 out of 5

    Ash Burke

    Typically I like reading, but this book was so awful to force myself through. Parts either out of context didn’t make sense, or were just not meant for a general audience. I saw this book initially on Tumblr and it is safe to say it was advertised as more than it is.

  6. 5 out of 5

    Heather

    A good book for reading small sections at a time - funny in parts but I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I was a lawyer. A good book for reading small sections at a time - funny in parts but I'm sure I would have enjoyed it more if I was a lawyer.

  7. 4 out of 5

    Nortia

    Hilarious read, most of them were funny, some of them I didn't quite understand (which I blame to me having studied law based in roman law and not in common law, the systems are wildly different) but some were GREAT and I am sure I will remember them in days and weeks and months to come, which is why in a 3.5 star read I chose to rate this as 4 stars on GR Hilarious read, most of them were funny, some of them I didn't quite understand (which I blame to me having studied law based in roman law and not in common law, the systems are wildly different) but some were GREAT and I am sure I will remember them in days and weeks and months to come, which is why in a 3.5 star read I chose to rate this as 4 stars on GR

  8. 4 out of 5

    Oliver

    Hilarious. Entertaining. You won't believe the authenticity of the things people say in court. Hilarious. Entertaining. You won't believe the authenticity of the things people say in court.

  9. 5 out of 5

    Surbhi

    This is really really funny and makes a great light read. I wish I could write this in Sanskrit 🤣🤣

  10. 4 out of 5

    Vickie Richey

    Most stories made me LOL. Some course language. But mostly very, very funny.

  11. 5 out of 5

    Indra

    Okay, I skimmed through this for fun. Gods, it gave me some good laughs. I recommend finding this online if you want to get a good laugh at the legal system and stuff. Some of the funniest stuff was said in this. The snark and banter, from normal people...gods. And most of the things that were funny involved sexual stuff (not criminal). It is a fast read, especially if you just skim for ones that seem funny and dont read every single line. let me know if you want the link to this for a fun and f Okay, I skimmed through this for fun. Gods, it gave me some good laughs. I recommend finding this online if you want to get a good laugh at the legal system and stuff. Some of the funniest stuff was said in this. The snark and banter, from normal people...gods. And most of the things that were funny involved sexual stuff (not criminal). It is a fast read, especially if you just skim for ones that seem funny and dont read every single line. let me know if you want the link to this for a fun and fast read.

  12. 4 out of 5

    Paul Gaya Ochieng Simeon Juma

    I am informed that Mr. Charles M. Sevilla is ranked one of the best lawyers in America! He also has a good sense of humor I must admit. His collections of some of the most hillarious moments in court kept me laughing on my own like a mad man. Honestly, I bought this book for other reasons, but it turned out that it was meant for a different purpose all together. You should try it sometime!!!

  13. 5 out of 5

    Amanda Lynn

    I'm actually looking into taking court reporter certification courses at my local community college now; that's how much I love this book! I'm actually looking into taking court reporter certification courses at my local community college now; that's how much I love this book!

  14. 4 out of 5

    Nicci Everitt

    Did u go to law school Great book have a couple lawyers in the family, good laughs. It is fun to watch the witness be brutally honest

  15. 5 out of 5

    Will

    More "great" moments in courtroom history. It is advised to read this book in a place where people will not try to save you from choking. More "great" moments in courtroom history. It is advised to read this book in a place where people will not try to save you from choking.

  16. 5 out of 5

    Sandy

    I went into this having high expectations from the snippets I saw on tumblr. Because of that, I feel like I was greatly disappointed to the point where I couldn't really enjoy it. I went into this having high expectations from the snippets I saw on tumblr. Because of that, I feel like I was greatly disappointed to the point where I couldn't really enjoy it.

  17. 5 out of 5

    Delaney Moss

    3 stars Disorder in the Court is a collection of humorous anecdotes recorded by court reporters from across the United States. Sevilla includes threads of testimony with comically confusing and unclear questions and answers, as well as tid-bits offered by sarcastic witnesses and judges. Attorneys are frequently portrayed in over-the-top TV dramas like Law & Order and Fox’s The People v. O.J. Simpson. However, these inaccurate portrayals cause wild misinterpretations of what court proceedings 3 stars Disorder in the Court is a collection of humorous anecdotes recorded by court reporters from across the United States. Sevilla includes threads of testimony with comically confusing and unclear questions and answers, as well as tid-bits offered by sarcastic witnesses and judges. Attorneys are frequently portrayed in over-the-top TV dramas like Law & Order and Fox’s The People v. O.J. Simpson. However, these inaccurate portrayals cause wild misinterpretations of what court proceedings are actually like. In reality, witness and attorney interactions are mainly used to build foundation or establish credibility, and rarely contain juicy twists or dramatic reveals. Only few instances allow for court proceedings to be interesting for those who are not attorneys, jurors, witnesses, or judges. This book is filled with those instances that are funny to all, and a few times I had to stop and marvel and the stupidity of things that were said in court. This is an interesting and quick read if you are very bored or in need of a laugh.

  18. 4 out of 5

    Bhavya

    I was initially very excited to read this book. It was okay because it had some funny parts, but I felt like I wasn't even processing the words at all in the last chapter and a somewhere in the middle and just dragging my eyes over the words. This book is just a collection of dialogue and courtroom scenes, which I should have seen coming; I don't know why I expected something more. Till the very last moment though I felt like something good is going to come up and I don't want to miss on anythin I was initially very excited to read this book. It was okay because it had some funny parts, but I felt like I wasn't even processing the words at all in the last chapter and a somewhere in the middle and just dragging my eyes over the words. This book is just a collection of dialogue and courtroom scenes, which I should have seen coming; I don't know why I expected something more. Till the very last moment though I felt like something good is going to come up and I don't want to miss on anything hilarious. If you are going to read this, I suggest you get familiar with basic court roles and procedures, because I wasn't and I felt kind of confused while reading it.

  19. 4 out of 5

    TheDragonThatReadsALot

    A quick read, that definitely helps combat boredom (especially while taking public transit). Some sections were funnier than others. However, based on the excerpts I saw while reading reviews prior to picking up a copy I was vaguely disappointed --it just wasn't the source of side-splitting laughter I was hoping for. That being said, different people have different views about what is humorous and I'd recommend a read to judge for yourself. There are still a number of scenarios sure to make you A quick read, that definitely helps combat boredom (especially while taking public transit). Some sections were funnier than others. However, based on the excerpts I saw while reading reviews prior to picking up a copy I was vaguely disappointed --it just wasn't the source of side-splitting laughter I was hoping for. That being said, different people have different views about what is humorous and I'd recommend a read to judge for yourself. There are still a number of scenarios sure to make you smile.

  20. 5 out of 5

    Marla Nayer

    It is amazing what gets said in court. While most of these are likely not verbatim, many have the actual court case reference. Some lawyers and judges are quite witty, some are off their rocker. Witnesses can be either as well, or just downright nutty. Even jurors have their moments. Defendants don’t always defend themselves. Expert witnesses are not always so expert (though some are very clever when dealing with irritating lawyers). And evidence isn’t always what it seems. We had lots of chuckl It is amazing what gets said in court. While most of these are likely not verbatim, many have the actual court case reference. Some lawyers and judges are quite witty, some are off their rocker. Witnesses can be either as well, or just downright nutty. Even jurors have their moments. Defendants don’t always defend themselves. Expert witnesses are not always so expert (though some are very clever when dealing with irritating lawyers). And evidence isn’t always what it seems. We had lots of chuckles.

  21. 5 out of 5

    Tony Hinde

    This book feels like a subreddit forum on legal humor. First published in 1992, most of the material in it is much older. And, while it is aging pretty well, some of the elements went over my head and thus missed the mark. There's also some casual racism and plenty of sexism, (think "mad Men"). On the whole, it is an easy and quick read. If you're into [supposedly] real-life stories then this should be satisfying. This book feels like a subreddit forum on legal humor. First published in 1992, most of the material in it is much older. And, while it is aging pretty well, some of the elements went over my head and thus missed the mark. There's also some casual racism and plenty of sexism, (think "mad Men"). On the whole, it is an easy and quick read. If you're into [supposedly] real-life stories then this should be satisfying.

  22. 5 out of 5

    Maartje Paauw

    My teacher recommended this to us, saying that reading about the fun moments in court, could help us get through the boring law cases faster. I laughed and laughed! We discussed our favourite cases from it in class and had a blast. It’s not a book to pick up and read in one go. It’s a book to pick up when you feel like it, read a few pages and laugh your ass off! Finished the last pages today and I already miss having the opportunity to read about new cases

  23. 5 out of 5

    Carlos

    This book was as funny as I expected, a chuckle here and there with most of the situations just being silly. Definitely more geared towards a coffee table book that you pick up every once in a while. The illustrations did help to keep some of the more sagging bits going while the book could have also benefited from a bit of pruning here and there.

  24. 4 out of 5

    Carolina

    I bought this book cause of the memes about it and it was nowhere near as funny as them, in fact, many of the sections from the memes weren’t even in the book. Really disappointed, I was hoping for something absolutely hilarious and it really wasn’t. Don’t get me wrong, there were a handful of genuinely funny things, but other than that it was extremely mediocre.

  25. 4 out of 5

    Stacy

    Fun, little book and a quick read. I work in the legal field and admit some of it might be funnier to those with that background, but it isn't necessary to get the humor. A light entertaining read. Fun, little book and a quick read. I work in the legal field and admit some of it might be funnier to those with that background, but it isn't necessary to get the humor. A light entertaining read.

  26. 4 out of 5

    Dahlia

    This book wasn't as funny as I thought, but still had some funny quotes from people who had gone to court and what the judges and lawyers had said. But I probably didn't get some of it because I am not that interested in law, so this might be a more funny book for people interested in law. This book wasn't as funny as I thought, but still had some funny quotes from people who had gone to court and what the judges and lawyers had said. But I probably didn't get some of it because I am not that interested in law, so this might be a more funny book for people interested in law.

  27. 5 out of 5

    Iman

    Lately I've been in somewhat of a rut in terms of reading and haven't been able to fully focus on a book, so I decided to start out with this to ease myself back into it. It's a good palate cleanser, makes for easy reading and it's entertaining to read aloud to someone else. Lately I've been in somewhat of a rut in terms of reading and haven't been able to fully focus on a book, so I decided to start out with this to ease myself back into it. It's a good palate cleanser, makes for easy reading and it's entertaining to read aloud to someone else.

  28. 4 out of 5

    Katy Koivastik

    Very funny! This is a book that proves miscommunication and malaprops make comic relief and good reading. I will agree with another reviewer who thought the Facebook post (that brought this book to my attention), was somehow funnier.

  29. 5 out of 5

    Colette Moss

    Very funny insight to the world of court rooms

  30. 4 out of 5

    Johnny

    A cute little book that is any easy afternoon read that has some funny moments

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