A View from the Bench!

Excerpt of article follows – from Canadian Bar Association – Source –
A judge’s view: things lawyers do that annoy judges; things they do that impress judges

“This paper was presented by the Honourable Mr. Justice Joseph W. Quinn at the 2012 Family Law Institute in Toronto on February 10, 2012. It has been expanded slightly to incorporate comments made orally by Justice Quinn on that occasion.”

A judge’s view: things lawyers do that annoy judges; things they do that impress judges

1. Rolling eyes, dancing eyebrows and other mannerisms [9] Most mannerisms are annoying; more importantly, they are distracting. Do you want me to be focusing on your mannerisms (clicking a pen, jingling pocket change, making faces) or your submissions?

[10] Many counsel would do well to receive Botox injections to their face.9 I say that because an overly expressive face is a distracting liability to one’s courtroom conduct.

[11] When I make a ruling for or against your client, try to conceal your glee or disappointment, as the case may be. I recall one senior trial counsel who scowled and pouted every time I ruled against him. It was the strangest sight.10 Was he expecting me to say: “Counsel, I see that you are upset with my ruling. I am very sorry. I will reverse myself immediately.”

[12] Do not openly show disapproval at a ruling by the court through facial expressions, slamming books or looking to the heavens for divine intervention.11

[13] Do not bob or nod your head in agreement if I make a point which meets with your approval.12 A bobbing or nodding head belongs on the dashboard of one of those motor vehicles with oversized tires and a loud muffler.

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A judge’s view: things lawyers do that annoy judges; things they do that impress judges

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