The Ohio Supreme Court's Commission on Professionalism has just issued guidelines for prosecutors and defense attorneys. The new publication is called Professionalism Dos and Don'ts:Conduct of Prosecutors and Defense Attorneys. The Supreme Court's press release highlights some of the Court's key recommendations:
"For prosecutors, some of the Dos and Don’ts include:
- Do remember your job is not to “win,” but to help administer justice.
- Do be realistic about the strengths and weaknesses of your case as it evolves and circumstances change. Be willing to adjust your position as justice requires.
- Don’t be vindictive or punitive to defendants who are exercising their rights.
Included in the Dos and Don’ts for defense attorneys:
- Do advocate creatively, but reasonably. Remember that your credibility will affect this client and all of your clients, present and future.
- Do contact the prosecutor with questions or concerns about discovery before filing a motion to compel or a motion for a continuance.
- Don’t file motions that are frivolous, or file certain motions only because you believe such motions are usually filed, or file last-minute motions with respect to matters about which you have long been aware."