Maybe this shouldn't be the case, but the fact is that singing in court is rarely appropriate.
I'd have said "never appropriate" had I not participated in a trial in which the plaintiff's attorney sang "What the World Needs Now Is Love" to the jury during closing argument. I didn't actually witness it, unfortunately, and so was surprised to hear that the jurors did not come down out of the box and beat him senseless, as I would have predicted. I was even more surprised that they later gave his client several million dollars, as I would not have predicted. But such is life. It's much more likely that singing in court will backfire, and at a minimum, you should not sing while evidence is being presented.
Also, don't call the judge "woman."
Those are among the lessons of this judgment, issued on November 7 in New South Wales (reported by the Sydney Morning Herald yesterday). This was a civil case brought by Sonni N'Ge-Sala, whose claims arose out of a 2008 police shooting. Since he wasn't the one who got shot, it's probably more accurate to say that Susan Bandera's claims arose out of the shooting, and N'Ge-Sala's claims arose out of his imagination.
Since the facts also involve four stubbies and a cocktail fork, they are worth a quick summary (and hopefully at least one more click).