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Title 204--JUDICIAL SYSTEM GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT

[204 PA. CODE CH. 99]

Amendments to the Code of Civility; No. 368 Supreme Court Rules; Doc. No. 1

[35 Pa.B. 2722]

Order

Per Curiam:

   And Now, this 21st day of April, 2005, it is ordered that the Code of Civility is amended as set forth in Annex A hereto.

Annex A

TITLE 204. JUDICIAL SYSTEM GENERAL PROVISIONS

PART V. PROFESSIONAL ETHICS AND CONDUCT

Subpart D. CODE OF CIVILITY

CHAPTER 99. CODE OF CIVILITY

§ 99.1. Preamble.

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   The following principles are designed to encourage judges and lawyers to meet their obligations toward each other and the judicial system in general. It is expected that judges and lawyers will make a voluntary and mutual commitment to adhere to these principles. These principles are not intended to supersede or alter existing disciplinary codes or standards of conduct, nor shall they be used as a basis for litigation, lawyer discipline or sanctions.

§ 99.3. The Lawyer's Duties to the Court and to Other Lawyers.

   1.  A lawyer should act in a manner consistent with the fair, efficient and humane system of justice and treat all participants in the legal process in a civil, professional and courteous manner at all times. These principles apply to the lawyer's conduct in the courtroom, in office practice and in the course of litigation.

   2.  A lawyer should speak and write in a civil and respectful manner in all communications with the court [and], court personnel, and other lawyers.

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   17.  A lawyer should demonstrate respect for other lawyers, which requires that counsel be punctual in meeting appointments with other lawyers and considerate of the schedules of other participants in the legal process; adhere to commitments, whether made orally or in writing; and respond promptly to communications from other lawyers.

   18.  A lawyer should strive to protect the dignity and independence of the judiciary, particularly from unjust criticism and attack.

   19.  A lawyer should be cognizant of the standing of the legal profession and should bring these principles to the attention of other lawyers when appropriate.

[Pa.B. Doc. No. 05-879. Filed for public inspection May 6, 2005, 9:00 a.m.]



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