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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