Expectations of Counsel & Parties


  • Keep commitments and seek scheduling agreements and accommodations
  • Be respectful and act in courteous, cordial, civil manner
  • Be prompt, punctual, prepared
  • Maintain honesty and personal integrity
  • Communicate with opposing counsel
  • Avoid actions taken merely to delay or harass
  • Ensure Proper Conduct before the Court
  • Act with dignity and cooperation in all proceedings
  • Utilize the court system in an efficient and fair manner
  • Apply the Golden Rule - Do unto others as you would want them to do to you

Behavior Not Meeting Expectations

You are likely not meeting the Court’s expectations if you:

  • Neglect saying please or thank you
  • Belittle others verbally or non-verbally
  • Use email or text when face-to-face is needed
  • Take too much credit for collaborative work
  • Email/text during meetings
  • Keep people waiting needlessly
  • Talk down to others
  • Delay access to information or resources
  • Fail to acknowledge others
  • Pass the blame when you’ve contributed to a mistake
  • Spread rumors about others

Pennsylvania Code of Civility

See the Pennsylvania Code of Civility.