What About Professional Civility In The Law? by Paul N. Luvera, Plaintiff Trial Lawyer Tips
The subject of professional civility has been widely discussed and promoted in the past few years. Some states have incorporated the requirement in their oath of attorneys. All of the states have emphasized it in recent years. The United States Supreme Court, the ABA and even The National Judicial College promote the principles of civility. Here, for example, is part of the language of the core principles from the Judicial College written for judges nationally:
‘Civility encompasses a form of courtesy and behavior and speech that is essential to the role of courts in a democratic society. It is therefore, important that all involved with the court – judges, attorneys, jurors, witnesses, court staff, parties – act with civility to ensure the fair administration of justice and resolution of disputes . . . . Civility in action and words is fundamental to the effective and efficient functioning of our system of justice and public confidence in that system.’
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