Judges are particularly annoyed by lawyers (and their clients) who:
- ignore the rules of court;
- fail to prepare;
- arrive late;
- repeat themselves;
- act rudely;
- make frivolous arguments;
- mislead the court;
- argue with the judge;
- refuse to talk settlement; and
- request a last-minute continuance.
I can add a few from my own experience:
- allow your cell phone to ring while in court;
- dress inappropriately;
- interrupt other people who are speaking;
- chew gum while in court;
- bring a baby or child to court; and
- generally act belligerently without proper decorum.
Source: “Sure-Fire Ways to Alienate the Trial Judge”, Excerpted from Convincing the Judge: Practical Advice for Litigators , by Cecil C. Kuhne III
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Robert Mues is the managing partner of Dayton, Ohio, law firm, Holzfaster, Cecil, McKnight & Mues, and has received the highest rating from the Martindale-Hubbell Peer Review for Ethical Standards and Legal Ability. Mr. Mues is also a founding member of the "International Academy of Attorneys for Divorce over 50" blog.