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Got Civility?

The Business Law Section of the Florida Bar has worked with the Broward County Bar Association, and other bar associations throughout the state of Florida to develop the Got Civility Program. The Got Civility Program is a grassroots effort to emphasize the importance of civility in our judicial system. While attendance at the Got Civility Program demonstrates an interest acting civilly that’s only the beginning and we ask you to sign the below document committing yourself to acting civilly going forward. Together we can make a difference.


By signing the below document, and placing your name on the got civility honor, you are agreeing to abide by the following oaths, some of which, were sworn to when you were first admitted to the bar:

  1. I will maintain the respect due to courts of justice and judicial officers.
  2. I will not counsel or maintain any suit or proceeding which shall appear to me to be unjust nor any defense except such as I believe to be honestly debatable under the law of the land.
  3. I will employ, for the purpose of maintaining the causes confided in me such means only as are consistent with truth and honor, and will never seek to mislead the judge or jury by any artifice of false statement of law;
  4. To opposing parties and their counsel, I pledge fairness integrity and civility, not only in court, but also in all written and oral communications;
  5. I will abstain from all offensive personality and advance no fact prejudicial to the honor or reputation of a party or witness, unless required by the justice of the cause with which I am charged.
  6. I will never reject, from any consideration personal to myself the cause of the defenseless or oppressed, or delay anyone’s cause for lucre or malice.

(ZPH Written ones below)

  1. I will use my best efforts to resolve any disputes, including discovery disputes with opposing counsel prior to bringing them to the attention of the Court unless circumstances mandate such action
  2. I will not unreasonably withhold consent as it relates to reasonable requests from opposing counsel and will not place unreasonable conditions on such consent.