|Guidelines and Principles of
Civility, Professionalism and Integrity
As officers of the court
with responsibilities to the administration of justice, attorneys have
an obligation to be professional with clients, other parties and
counsel, the courts and the public. This obligation includes civility,
professional integrity, personal dignity, candor, diligence, respect,
courtesy, and cooperation, all of which are essential to the fair
administration of justice and conflict resolution.
These are guidelines for civility. The Guidelines are offered because
civility in the practice of law promotes both the effectiveness and
the enjoyment of the practice and economical client representation.
The legal profession must strive for the highest standards of attorney
behavior to elevate and enhance our service to justice. Uncivil or
unprofessional conduct not only disserves the individual involved, it
demeans the profession as a whole and our system of justice.
These voluntary Guidelines foster a level of civility and
professionalism that exceed the minimum requirements of the mandated
Rules of Professional Conduct as the best practices of civility in the
practice of law in California. The Guidelines are not intended to
supplant these or any other rules or laws that govern attorney
conduct. Since the Guidelines are not mandatory rules of
professional conduct, nor rules of practice, nor standards of care,
they are not to be used as an independent basis for disciplinary
charges by the State Bar or claims of professional negligence.
of Civility, Integrity and Professionalism
- American Board of Trial Advocates
Attorney Guidelines of Civility and Professionalism
- The State Bar of California
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