Yesterday, I talked about “Rules Consolidation.” Here is my best example of the need for consolidation.
Court Decorum – Is it really necessary to have different rules for “decorum” in different courts? One would do! Also, it makes you wonder why we don’t have a court decorum rule in Youth Court. Pick one.
Uniform Circuit and County Court Rule 1.02 – COURT DECORUM
The court shall be opened formally and conducted with dignity and decorum at all times. The judge shall wear a judicial robe at all times when presiding in open court. The wearing of a robe is discretionary where court facilities make it infeasible. Each officer of the court shall be responsible for the promotion of respect for the court.
Uniform Chancery Court Rule 1.01 – PROCEEDINGS MUST BE ORDERLY AND DIGNIFIED
All proceedings in the Chancery Court, whether in term time or in vacation, shall be conducted with due formality and in an orderly and dignified manner. No drinks, food, gum or smoking shall be permitted. The counsel, parties, and witnesses, must be respectful to the court and to each other. Bickering or wrangling between counsel or between counsel and witness will not be tolerated. Applause or demonstration or approval or disapproval, and the use of profane or indecent language are prohibited. Counsel, in examining witnesses, in reading from brief or opinion and in all presentations, to the Court, shall stand unless specifically excused from doing so by the Court. Counsel shall in formal hearings address the Court in the historic manner of “Your Honor” and/or “May it please the Court.” The dignity and the respect of the Court shall be preserved at all times.
In the interest of security, all persons entering the courtroom may be searched for weapons.
Uniform Justice Court Rule 1.02 – COURTROOM DECORUM AND SECURITY
The court shall be opened formally and conducted with dignity and decorum at all times. The judge shall wear a judicial robe at all times when presiding in open court. Each officer of the court shall be responsible for promotion of respect for the court.
No one shall wear or bear firearms or weapons of any description in the courtroom, except bailiffs and any necessary guards of a prisoner, unless authorized by the court.