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Model Rule of Professional Conduct 3.5

Model Rule of Professional Conduct 3.5

Definition

The ethical rule governing the impartiality and decorum of the tribunal and the lawyer’s role as advocate. The rule prohibits lawyers from (a) trying to influence a judge, juror, prospective juror, or other official by prohibited means; (b) communicating ex parte with any judge, juror, prospective juror, or other official during a proceeding without authorization; (c) communicating with a juror or prospective juror after the jury is discharged if the communication is prohibited, the juror has made known the juror’s desire not to communicate, or the communication involves misrepresentation, coercion, duress, or harassment; and (d) engaging in conduct intended to disrupt a tribunal.

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