Courtroom Practice and Professionalism As a proud member of the legal profession, the Court endorses the following principles of civil-professional-conduct: 1. In dealing with attorneys, parties, witnesses, members of the bench, and court staff; be civil, courteous, and guided by the fundamental tenets of integrity and fairness. 2. Your word is your bond in dealing with the Court, fellow counsel, and others. 3. Endeavor to resolve differences through cooperation and negotiation, giving due consideration to alternative dispute resolution. 4. Honor appointments, commitments, and case schedules. Be timely in all communications. 5. Design the timing, manner of service, and scheduling of hearings only for proper purposes. The objective should never be to oppress or inconvenience the opponent. 6. Conduct yourself professionally during negotiations, depositions, and any other interaction with opposing counsel or a witness as if you were in the presence of a judge. 7. Be forthright and honest in dealing with the Court, opposing counsel, and others. 8. Be respectful of the Court, the legal profession, and the litigation process in attire and demeanor. 9. As an officer of the Court, as an advocate, and as an attorney; uphold the honor and dignity of the Court and of the legal profession. Strive always to instill and encourage a respectful attitude toward the Court, the litigation process, and the legal profession. [Adopted effective September 1, 2002]
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