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Rule 2. Decorum and Attire

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   2.1  A judge shall require order and decorum in proceedings before the judge.

 
   2.2  Attorneys shall conduct themselves in a manner which promotes a positive image of the profession, assists the court in properly reviewing the case, and displays appropriate respect for the justice system. Specifically, an attorney who manifests professional courtesy and civility:
 
   a. Is punctual and prepared for all court appearances;
 
   b. Always interacts with parties, counsel, witnesses, court personnel, and the court with courtesy and respect;
 
   c. Makes objections during court proceedings for legitimate and good faith reasons and does not make such objections only for the purpose of harassment or delay; and
 
   d. Honors appropriate requests made by opposing counsel during court proceedings which do not prejudice his or her client's rights or sacrifice tactical advantage.
 
   2.3  All parties and their attorneys shall be present and prepared to proceed at the hour set for the hearing by the court. When the judge enters the courtroom, those present shall rise and remain standing until the judge is seated or until granted permission by the judge to sit.
 
   2.4  Counsel shall not participate in colloquy with opposing counsel, whether audible or inaudible, without permission of the court.
 
   2.5  Attorneys shall examine witnesses and address the court from the attorney's table and shall not approach the bench, witness stand, court reporter, or opposing counsel or otherwise move from the counsel table, without first obtaining the permission of the court.
 
   2.6  Witnesses and parties shall be referred to and addressed by their surnames unless age or other circumstance allows for usage of their first name. Only one counsel for each party shall examine a witness or make objections during the testimony of such witness.
 
   2.7  In the discretion of the security officers or the court, any person may be subjected to a search of his or her person for possession of any weapons, destructive devices, or components thereof.
 
   2.8  All court proceedings are open to the public as proved by law; however, the court may close the proceeding or a portion thereof pursuant to law and Supreme Court rules.
 
   2.,9  Attorneys shall be attired in ordinary business wear. All parties, witnesses, and persons present in the courtroom shall be appropriately attired. The court may continue or delay hearing if any parties' appearance is inappropriate. The court may also cause the removal from the courtroom of any individual inappropriately attired.
 
   2.10  Cellular telephones, pagers, personal computers, or other such devices shall be turned off or otherwise disabled so as not to cause a disturbance during court proceedings.
 
   2.11  Unless expressly authorized by the judge, all broadcasting, televising, and/or taking photographs, as well as audio and video recording, except for the making of the official court record of the proceeding, are prohibited in the courtroom and in the areas immediately adjacent to all juvenile courtrooms, as well as in the juvenile court reception area, during sessions of court or during the recesses between sessions.

This page was last modified on Friday, September 26, 2014