Rule B1.13: Relations with the courts

1.13.1 You must never knowingly give false or misleading information to the court. You must maintain due respect and courtesy towards the court while honourably pursuing the interests of your clients.

1.13.2 You must not do or say anything which could affect evidence or induce a witness, a party to an action, or an accused person to do otherwise than give in evidence a truthful and honest account of that person's recollection.

1.13.3 As far as reasonably practical, you must give reasonable notice to witnesses of court hearings and when questioning witnesses, treat them with appropriate respect and courtesy.

1.13.4 Where you appear against a person who represents him or herself, you must avoid taking unfair advantage of that person and must, consistently with your duty to your client, co-operate with the court in enabling that person's case to be fairly stated and justice to be done. However you must not sacrifice the interests of your client to those of the person representing him or herself.

1.13.5 In rule 1.13 references to the "court" include tribunals and other bodies or persons exercising judicial or determinative functions.

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