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    Rules of Conduct for Counsel While in Trial

    Different judges have different rules and different pet peeves. It is not really fair to expect counsel to follow the rules if they do not know what the rules are. For this reason, the judge is providing counsel with the following rules before trial. If there are any of these rules to which you object or do not understand, the judge would be glad to discuss them with you with opposing counsel present.

    General

    • Be on time for court.
    • Make brief objections on legal grounds.
    • Stand to object or to address the Court.

    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

    • Challenges for cause will be handled at the end of voir dire by both sides.

    Testimony

    • Have your witnesses in attendance at the court and ready to testify when needed.
    • Have your witnesses dress appropriately for court. No blue jeans, shorts, T-shirts, etc.
    • 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.