OF COURTESY AND DECORUM
THE COURTS OF WISCONSIN
uniform standards of courtroom courtesy and decorum in SCR 62.02, adopted to
enhance the administration of justice by promoting good manners and civility
among all who participate in the administration of justice in Wisconsin, are
applicable to judges, court commissioners, lawyers, court personnel and the
public in all Wisconsin courts.
Notwithstanding SCR 20:8.4 (f), the standards under SCR 62.02 are not
enforceable by the office of lawyer regulation. Conduct by a lawyer that violates SCR ch. 20 or SCR 40.15 is
subject to the authority of the office of lawyer regulation.
(1) Judges, court commissioners, lawyers, clerks
and court personnel shall at all times do all of the following:
(a) Maintain a cordial and respectful demeanor
and be guided by a fundamental sense of integrity and fair play in all their
(b) Be civil in their dealings with one another
and with the public and conduct all court and court-related proceedings,
whether written or oral, including discovery proceedings, with civility and
respect for each of the participants.
(c) Abstain from making disparaging, demeaning
or sarcastic remarks or comments about one another.
(d) Abstain from any conduct that may be
characterized as uncivil, abrasive, abusive, hostile or obstructive.
(e) While in court or while participating in
legal proceedings, dress in a manner showing proper respect for the court, the
proceedings and the law. Judges shall
wear black robes while presiding on the bench except when exceptional
(f) Advise clients, witnesses, jurors and others
appearing in court that proper conduct and attire is expected within the
courthouse and, where possible, prevent clients, witnesses or others from creating
disorder or disruption.
(g) In scheduling all hearings, meetings and
conferences, be considerate of the time schedules of the participants and grant
reasonable extensions of time when they will not adversely affect the court
calendar or clients' interests.
(h) Conduct themselves in a manner which
demonstrates sensitivity to the necessity of preserving decorum and the
integrity of the judicial process.
(2) Judges, court commissioners and lawyers
shall be punctual in convening and appearing for all hearings, meetings and
conferences and, if delayed, shall notify other participants, if possible.
(3) Lawyers shall do all of the following:
(a) Make all reasonable efforts to reach informal
agreement on preliminary and procedural matters.
(b) Attempt expeditiously to reconcile
differences through negotiation, without needless expense and waste of
(c) Abstain from pursuing or opposing discovery
arbitrarily or for the purpose of harassment or undue delay.
(d) If an adversary is entitled to assistance,
information or documents, provide them to the adversary without unnecessary
(e) Abstain from knowingly deceiving or
misleading another lawyer or the court.
(f) Clearly identify for the court and other
counsel changes that he or she has made in documents submitted to him or her by
counsel or by the court.
(g) Act in good faith and honor promises and
commitments to other lawyers and to the court.
(4) Adherence to standards of professionalism and
courtesy, good manners and dignity is the responsibility of each judge, court
commissioner, lawyer, clerk, and other personnel of the court who assist the
June 4, 1996. Amended November 14,
2001; January 23, 2002.