Judiciary adopts nine principles of professionalism Judiciary adopts nine principles of professionalism November 1, 2005 Regular News Florida’s judges have adopted nine principles of professionalism in an effort to encourage judges to serve as role models for the attorneys who appear before them.“We, as judges, cannot ask attorneys to hold themselves to a higher standard without first agreeing to do so ourselves,” said 15th Circuit Judge Peter D. Blanc, a member of the Supreme Court’s Commission on Professionalism. “Judges and lawyers together make up a community of practice. We work together for the common good and these Principles of Professionalism for Judges, coupled with the Ideals and Standards of Professional Conduct for Attorneys, benefit not only those in this community of practice, but also those we serve.”The principles address those things not necessarily covered by existing rules that lawyers expect of good judges and judges expect of themselves.“Judges can be extremely effective role models for lawyers, law students, other judges, jurors, and all who come in contact with our courts,” said Edward Waller, a member of the commission. “Adoption of these Principles of Professionalism is clear and convincing evidence that judges are committed to furthering the cause of professionalism and, in the process, promoting respect for our entire justice system.”In September, the judges of the district courts of appeal throughout the state adopted the principles, which were previously adopted by both the Florida Conference of Circuit Judges and the Florida Conference of County Court Judges.The Principles of Professionalism for Florida Judges – written by Circuit Judge Robert K. Rouse, Jr., of Volusia County – include:• A judge should be courteous, respectful, and civil to lawyers, parties, witnesses, court personnel, and all other participants in the legal process.• A judge should maintain control of the proceedings, recognizing that judges have both the obligation and the authority to ensure that all proceedings are conducted with dignity and decorum.• While endeavoring to resolve disputes promptly and efficiently, a judge should be considerate of the time constraints and pressures imposed on lawyers, parties, and other participants in the legal process.• To the extent possible, a judge should be punctual in convening trials, hearings, meetings, and conferences, and should, when practicable, promptly notify those affected if the judge becomes aware that there will be a significant delay.• A judge should permit a lawyer or self-represented party to present a cause properly and to make a complete and accurate record.• A judge should not impugn the integrity or professionalism of any lawyer on the basis of the lawyer’s clients or cause.• A judge should refer to lawyers and adult parties and witnesses by surname preceded by the preferred title (Mr., Ms., Mrs., Miss, Dr.) or by professional title (counselor or doctor) when conducting a trial or hearing.• A judge should work cooperatively with other judges on matters relating to the availability of lawyers, parties, witnesses, or court resources, and the scheduling of proceedings.• A judge should be courteous and respectful to other judges in speech and in written decisions and opinions, mindful that a position articulated by another judge is the result of that judge’s earnest effort to interpret the law and the facts correctly.These principles are promulgated to encourage judges, including general magistrates, child support hearing officers, and traffic infraction hearing officers to fulfill their obligation to be civil and respectful to all persons with whom they deal in an official capacity, and to require similar conduct from others, according to the commission.The principles are aspirational, and do not alter the Code of Judicial Conduct or judges’ obligations thereunder, or create additional standards pursuant to which a judge may be disciplined.
Sharing is caring! Atlantic tropical cyclone activity. NHC/NOAA graphicMIAMI, USA — According to the national Hurricane Center in Miami, an area of low pressure over the western Caribbean Sea is centered about 170 miles east of the coast of Nicaragua. The associated shower activity has become better organized and there is a likelihood that a tropical depression will form during the weekend.Little motion is anticipated in the short term but a slow northward drift should begin on Sunday. This system has a high chance — 60 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Another broad area of low pressure has formed about 350 miles east-southeast of Trinidad in the southern Windward Islands. Cloudiness and showers associated with this low have become a little better organized and the potential for development has increased. This system has a low chance — 20 percent — of becoming a tropical cyclone during the next 48 hours.Regardless of development, cloudiness and heavy rains will likely spread over northern Venezuela and the southern Windward Islands during the next few days.By Caribbean News Now contributor Share 5 Views no discussions Tweet Share LocalNews Forecasters eying two tropical systems by: – October 22, 2011 Share