As reported by the Sacramento Bee, Dr. Scott Green is a plastic surgeon that appeared for his Sacramento Superior Court trial that was held using a Zoom call from an operating room. The doctor was dressed in surgical scrubs, with a patient undergoing the procedure just out of the view.
The courtroom clerk asked Mr. Green if he’s available for trial, and questioned him if he’s in the operating room at the moment.
Green replied that he’s in an operating room at the moment, but that he’s available for trial.
He was reminded by the clerk that proceedings were being live-streamed because traffic trials are required to be open to the public by law, and Green said that he understood. However, he continued working with his head down, while watching for Court Commissioner Gary Link to enter the chamber.
The judge hesitated to proceed with the trial when he appeared and saw the doctor on the screen, out of concern for the welfare of the patient.
Green said, however, that he has another surgeon next to him that’s doing the surgery with him, so he confirmed that he can allow them to do the surgery too.
The judge, however, said that he didn’t think it was appropriate to conduct a trial under the circumstances, and he told the doctor that he’d rather set a new date for trial at a time when he’s not actively involved or participating in the needs of a patient.
Green apologized, and the judge said that they want to keep people healthy and alive.
The board has since said that it would look into the incident and noted that it expects physicians to follow the standard of care when treating their patients.