REPRIMAND OF COUNCIL

REPRIMAND OF COUNCIL 

This post will answer the following legal questions about when a counselor is reprimanded: 

  • What does it mean when a judge “reprimands” a counselor of law?
  • What are the responsibilities of both a judge and an attorney regarding reprimand of counsel? 

What does it mean when a judge “reprimands” a counselor of law? 

When a judge “reprimands”an attorney, this means that the judge is admonishing or scolding the attorney for disorderly behavior or other inappropriate actions in court.   

Jurors are not allowed to infer anything for or against the reprimanded attorney and/or his or her client because of the judge’s decision to reprimand. Whether or not a judge “likes” or “dislikes” a particular lawyer is irrelevant to the issue before the court. What is relevant is whether or not the Commonwealth has proved the defendant’s guilt beyond a reasonable doubt

A jury’s verdict must be based solely on the facts as they are found from the evidence, and on the law as explained. Nothing else that may have happened in the courtroom is relevant to the truth of the verdict.  

What are the responsibilities of both a judge and an attorney regarding reprimand of counsel?

The job of an attorney is to offer evidence, to object, and to argue for his or her clients on behalf of their position. 

It is the function of a judge to exclude evidence or argument that is inadmissible under the rules of the court, and to reprimand attorneys when they feel it is necessary for a smooth trial.

IF YOU OR A LOVED ONE HAVE BEEN CHARGED WITH A CRIME, AND YOU NEED AN EXPERIENCED CRIMINAL DEFENSE LAWYER WORKING ON YOUR SIDE TO PROTECT YOUR RIGHTS, PLEASE CONTACT CRIMINAL DEFENSE ATTORNEY WILLIAM J. BARABINO.

CALL 781-393-5900 TO LEARN MORE ABOUT YOUR AVAILABLE DEFENSES. 

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