Voluntary Standards for Civility

D.C. Bar Voluntary Standards of Civility: Scheduling Matters

Principles of General Applicability: Lawyers' Duties to Other Counsel, Parties and the Judiciary

Scheduling Matters

  1. We will endeavor to schedule dates for trials, hearings, depositions, meetings, negotiations, conferences, vacations, seminars, and other functions to avoid creating calendar conflicts for other participants in the legal process, provided our clients' interests will not be adversely affected.
  2. We will notify other counsel and, if appropriate, the court or other persons, at the earliest possible time when hearings, depositions, meetings, or conferences need to be canceled or postponed. Early notice avoids unnecessary travel and expense and may enable the court and the other participants in the legal process to use the previously reserved time for other matters.
  3. We will agree to reasonable requests for extensions of time and for waiver of procedural formalities provided our clients' interests will not be adversely affected.
  4. We will not request an extension of time for the purpose of unjustified delay.