Supreme court proposes judges, like lawyers, be held to standards of civility

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SALT LAKE CITY — The Utah Supreme Court has proposed a rule to establish standards of professionalism and civility of Utah’s judges.

A rule that governs the standards of professionalism and civility for Utah State Bar members — Rule 14-301 — has been in place since November 2004. The proposed rule for the judiciary outlines a similar set of principles with 10 standards to guide judges. The standards address bias, fairness, impartiality, ex parte communications, language and timeliness, among other factors.

The Utah Supreme Court’s Committee on Professionalism and Civility, which is chaired by Justice Thomas R. Lee, drafted the rule. The motivation for creation of the standards for lawyers was concern over a general decline in respect, courtesy and civility among some lawyers. The committee suggested that since standards for professionalism and civility among lawyers are expected, the same should be expected of judges.

The proposed rule in its entirety may be viewed here: Proposed Rule 11-301. Utah Standards of Judicial Professionalism and Civility

Online comments can be submitted on the proposed rule. The deadline for comments is Jan. 16, 2015.

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9 Comments

  • Koolaid December 9, 2014 at 6:42 pm

    “Supreme court proposes judges, like lawyers, be held to standards of civility ” Will this apply to Utah, specifically St George? But then, how many lawyers around here demonstrate standards of civility?

  • that guy December 9, 2014 at 6:48 pm

    It is about time they may be judges, but they are just as human as anyone of us. And they should held to even higher standards then lawyers.

    • ladybugavenger December 9, 2014 at 7:34 pm

      Agreed, and cops should be held at a higher standard also! None of this 2 days in jail for DUI bs

      • All In Call December 9, 2014 at 8:34 pm

        I agree Ladybugavenger. Laying around in jail watching TV for 2 days, Whats with that?
        I say throw their b _tts outside in their shorts to pick up trash, empty beer bottles, used prophylactics and needles on the roadways. Also they can shine deputies shoes like their Grand pappy used to do back in the day.
        Now to be fair, if their of color, let them watch Road Runner cartoons and the Bill Cosby show. (‘Hands Up’ T shirts are optional).

        • Dana December 10, 2014 at 5:34 am

          You need to work on your racism. Additionally, while you’re doing that, work on your heterographs.

      • Mr Rogers December 9, 2014 at 10:10 pm

        LADYBUG. You got that right nothing more need be said

      • Koolaid December 9, 2014 at 11:00 pm

        They gotta be out by Sunday, for they’re probably preaching morality to the church sheeple.

    • My Evil Twin December 10, 2014 at 6:46 am

      Lawyers held to high standards? What have you been smoking?

      • SPUD MCKENZIE December 10, 2014 at 8:50 am

        Probably the same stuff you’ve been smoking considering some of the ignorant comments you’ve been making here

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