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EXPECTATIONS OF COUNSEL AND 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.

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.

See Pennsylvania Code of Civility:  https://www.pacode.com/secure/data/204/chapter99/subchapDtoc.html

Bucks County Court of Common Pleas
Bucks County Justice Center

100 North Main Street
Doylestown, PA 18901
215-348-6700