Best excuse for missing court

Over the years I've heard many different excuses for failing to attend a court hearing, but this one is in a different league to "I thought the hearing was next week" or "I had a puncture on the way to court".

At a hearing in the High Court yesterday relating to the validity of an alleged marriage, Martin Pointer QC informed Mr Justice Bodey at the last minute that his client was unable to attend to give evidence, as he had been recalled by the ruler of Dubai to attend a meeting in Riyadh. Now, most people could not get get away with this, but when your client is Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed al-Maktoum, the head of Emirates Airlines and a member of Dubai’s ruling family, I suppose it does have a possible ring of truth.

For this impressive piece of hearing-avoidance, the Sheikh receives my 'Best excuse for missing court' trophy.

Unfortunately, Mr Justice Bodey was not so impressed, saying that he had been left "frustrated".


  1. So, what punishment does Sheikh Ahmed Al-Maktoum get for missing his court appearance in the UK and showing lack of respect to the Judge? I presume any 'ordinary' person would be in trouble of some sort for doing the same. These Arab Sheikhs seem to totally disregard British law,they do what they want, so dodgy! It's so wrong to let them get away with it!


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