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    Rules of Conduct for Counsel While in Trial


    • Be on time for court.
    • Make brief objections on legal grounds.
    • Stand to object or to address the Court.
    • Do not respond to opposing counsel's objection, unless you first ask leave of the Court to do so or the Court asks you to do so.
    • Do not talk at the same time that opposing counsel, a witness, or the Court is talking.
    • Do not use racist, sexist, obscene, or profane language in court unless eliciting or quoting from facts in the case.

    Your Client

    • If your client is in custody at the time of trial, bring appropriate clothes for him to wear to the courtroom, and give them to the bailiff before the trial.

    Voir Dire

    • Any basis form for cause must be completely developed during voir dire of the panel.


    • Have your witnesses in attendance at the court and ready to testify when needed.
    • Have your witnesses dress appropriately for court.
    • Do not request a bench conference except under extraordinary circumstances.
    • Do not point firearms, loaded or unloaded, in the direction of jurors, witnesses, or any other persons in the courtroom.
    • Ask permission to approach a witness on the stand.
    • Ask permission to approach the court reporter to use an exhibit.