Ethics in the Courts Presentation

Ethics in the Courts Presentation


Ethics in the Courts

All employees that work within the justice system should have to follow all ethical rules of conductThe judges, all prosecutors, all attorneys, and all courtroom employees must maintain a professional and ethical demeanorAll victims, suspects, and other people that are in the courts need to be treated fairly and without judgementEveryone should have fair hearings and innocent until proven guilty

 governing authority for licensing and monitoring attorneys

The governing authority for licensing and monitoring of attorneys is the North Carolina State Bar.

 common ethical issues or pitfalls related to court procedures

Failing to give a fair trial for individualsConvicting the people that are innocentNot convicting the ones that are guilty

 common sanctions for violating ethical practices

Being disbarredPossibly losing their license to practice lawBeing suspended for a certain amount of timePaying court feesPlaced on probation Reprimanded

Ethical Expectations

Should defense attorneys be given greater latitude than prosecutors in ethical expectations

ethical violations for which an attorney could be disbarred

StealingThreatening the person that turned them into the BarLyingBreaching confidentiality

Critical roles in the courts

Defense AttorneysProsecutors (District Attorney)JudgesBailiff

 roles that has higher level of ethical expectations

All of the roles in the courtroom are vital and are necessary in order to keep a courtroom going and the Justice System. Everyone in the system has a certain role that they are required to do and uphold. The role of the prosecutor has higher ethical standards than defense, or the judges. The prosecution has more power in the courtroom then anyone else. They can recommend a sentence to the judge and if he feels that’s adequate they will hand that sentence down.

collaborative group discussion

The collaboration in my group was very limited this week. One of the key things I did find in the groups discussion was that the judge in a court room is not the most critical person in the court. In fact the most critical person in the courtroom in the Prosecutor. (DA) I always thought that the judge was the person that was the face and the lead of what goes on in the courtroom. With the research that Christopher Jones posted it is the prosecutor, there is more responsibility on the DA then there is on the defense attorney of the judge. The DA is the one that makes all the recommendations to the judge and usually the judge will go with them providing it is a logical decision. The DA can and will pull up any previous records you have and present that to the judge.


In this assignment I went over some of the responsibilities of defense attorneys, prosecutors, judges, and other courthouse personal. I think that it is important for civilians to see the roles that these people in the Criminal Justice system. These individuals are just as human as the rest of us. They live their lives out on a day to day basis just like we do. One of the things that is different from them and us is they are held to higher standards then us and they have to live that in work and in their home and personal lives. Honestly I wouldn’t want to see my attorney at a club drinking it up and acting a fool like some people do when the drink and dance. I want an attorney that sets the example for the public, just like officers. This concludes this PowerPoint on Ethics in the Court.


Raymond Rector  08/05/2016, Image Retrieved From: Gideon, J. Image Retrieved From:        International Bridges to Justice, September 2012, Retrieved From: