It is difficult to strike a proper balance between
protecting the right to a fair trial and safeguarding the right of free
expression, which are both guaranteed by the Constitution. On one hand,
publicity should not be allowed to influence the fair administration
of justice. On the other hand, litigants have a right to present their
side of a dispute to the public, and the public has an interest in receiving
information about matters that are in litigation. Often a lawyer involved
in the litigation is in the best position to assist in furthering these
legitimate objectives. No body of rules can simultaneously satisfy all
interests of fair trial and all those of free expression.
 The special obligations of prosecutors to limit comment on criminal matters involve considerations in addition to those implicated in this Rule, and are dealt with in Rule 3.8. Furthermore, this Rule is not intended to abrogate special court rules of confidentiality in juvenile or other cases. Lawyers are bound by Rule 3.4(c) to adhere to any such rules that have not been found invalid.
 Because administrative agencies should have the prerogative to determine the ethical rules for prehearing publicity, this Rule does not purport to apply to matters before administrative agencies.