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“Standards of Civility” for attorneys, judges and court personnel — adopted in 1997 by the New York Unified Court System as a non-enforceable appendage to the Disciplinary Rules — fall under four parts. Following is a condensed version of the six-page text: Lawyers’ Duties to Opposing Lawyers, Litigants and Witnesses. � Disagree without being disagreeable. Eschew rude behavior, vulgar language and personal attack. Respect the schedule of opposing counsel. � Do not serve papers at a time or in a manner that would inconvenience an adversary. � Avoid unnecessary motion practice, extraneous conditions to time extensions, repetitive or argumentative questions. � Do not mislead others as litigation tactics: for example, holding out a settlement possibility as a means of delaying discovery or trial. Lawyers’ Duties to the Court and Court Personnel. � In dealing with judges and all court personnel, speak and write respectfully. Be punctual. Do not harass or humiliate witnesses. � Dissuade clients and witnesses from causing disorder in the court. Judges’ Duties to Lawyers, Parties and Witnesses. � Exercise patience and courtesy. � Be punctual in convening trials, hearings and conferences — and prompt with decisions. � Ensure that court personnel treat lawyers with courtesy. Duties of Court Personnel to the Court, Lawyers and Litigants. � Respect the judge’s direction on courtroom procedures and atmosphere. � Give courteous, patient, respectful and prompt assistance to all.

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