In a shocking incident, a Colombian judge was suspended after she was caught on a Zoom meeting smoking and lying half-naked on her bed. The judge in question was identified as Justice Vivian Polania and was handed a three-month suspension. Justice Vivian was caught smoking and lying on her bed wearing a lingerie during a virtual trial. Video of the incident has since gone viral on social media.
The incident came to the fore after one of the solicitors present during the virtual hearing complained about the judge’s alleged inappropriate behaviour. It should be noted that this is not the first part Vivian has been part of the news cycle for her alleged impropriety. Earlier, she has received warnings for sharing inappropriate pictures of herself on her Instagram account with discount codes on clothes as the caption.
When she received such complaints earlier, Justice Vivian was quoted saying, “Not all judges, lawyers and other state employees are the same. What I wear and show on my social media is my decision and I’m not going to change a thing.”
Meanwhile, the Colombia’s National Commission of Judicial Ethics issued a ruling which stated that Vivian’s suspension will remain effective till 2023.
Earlier in 2021, an Indian lawyer was caught on a virtual hearing getting intimate with a woman, and was suspended.
The Facts of the Matter
The convenience of virtual meetings helps people in avoiding delays in commuting, and be productive at the comfort of their home. However, for some employees and high-profile executives, the convenience is more of a luxury, which is often taken for granted.
In one such incident reported from Colombia, a judge was suspended after being caught on a Zoom meeting scantily dressed and smoking a cigarette. The judge in question has been identified as Justice Vivian Polania.
What Did the Video Show?
The 34-year-old judge instantly became part of the headlines in local media, and soon international outlets picked up the ordeal. The footage of the incident shows Vivian chilling in what looked like a lingerie and taking a puff of a cigarette while staring hazily at the screen. What made her actions all the more inappropriate is that she was part of a hearing related to a bombing which targeted an army brigade in June 2021.
Watch the Video here:
En un video que circula por WhatsApp se ve a la jueza Vivian Polanía (trabaja en el Palacio de Justicia de Cúcuta) atendiendo una diligencia judicial en su cama, semidesnuda y fumando. No sé si esto pueda acarrearle alguna sanción, pero al menos el escándalo ya está servido. pic.twitter.com/9rgNx4C6pV
— Manolesco (@jhonjacome) November 17, 2022
Committee Probes the Incident
The video of the incident prompted the committee to conduct a probe. In a 16-page report which followed, it was revealed that Vivian had kept her video camera off for nearly an hour, before she opened it and looked in a “deplorable state”, having a slur in her speech and appearing to be “disheveled with sleepy eyes”.
“Not fit”: Colombian Judge Suspended
For her inappropriate behaviour on a hearing, the judge was suspended for three months. The committee which probed the matter deemed her not “fit to perform her duties” as she had no respect for the respective parties at the virtual hearing.
“Such a situation is not consistent with the care, respect and circumspection with which a judge of the republic must administer justice, denoting a clear lack of respect from the official,” the ruling read, as quoted in a New York Post report.
Not the First Time Vivian Criticized
It should be noted that this is not the first time Justice Vivian was criticized for her actions. She had previously been called out for sharing explicit pictures of herself where she was seen scantily dressed in skimpy outfits on her Instagram.
She however had said, “Not all judges, lawyers and other state employees are the same. What I wear and show on my social media is my decision and I’m not going to change a thing.”