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Formal decorum and appearance, C2S7 CPRA

Section 7, Canon II

SECTION 7. Formal decorum and appearance. – A lawyer shall observe formal decorum before all courts, tribunals, and other government agencies.
A lawyer’s attire shall be consistent with the dignity of the court, tribunal, or other government agency, with due respect to the person’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression. (2023 Code of Professional Responsibility and Accountability or CPRA)

1. Formal decorum and appearance

a. Observe formal decorum

Decorum – means “propriety and good taste in conduct or appearance.” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Formal – means “following or according with established form, custom, or rule.” (Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)

Formal decorum – means appearances and conduct that is propriety and in good taste following established rules or customs. (See above combination of definitions.)

When appearing before courts, tribunals, and other government agencies, lawyers should observe formal decorum. They should behave properly and follow procedures/protocols that are being observed. They should be courteous and respectful to the judge or hearing officer.

1) Lawyer’s attire

In these venues, the lawyer’s attire should be consistent with the dignity of the court, tribunal, or other government agency. Otherwise stated, they should dress formally and accordingly when attending hearings or conferences. As to what to wear, respect should be given to the lawyer’s sexual orientation, gender identity, and gender expression.

References

Canon II, 2023 Code of Professional Responsibility

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