In recent years, the Judges of this Court have supported the bar in their efforts to foster professional civility and respect for the Judicial Process. The American College of Trial Lawyers has developed a Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct. We believe that the Code reflects the standards of professionalism that are expected in the Eastern District of Virginia. We also believe that these standards or guidelines may be of particular value to those lawyers who are either beginning their litigation practice or are new to this district.
Rebecca Beach Smith
Chief United States District Judge
Eastern District of Virginia
Code of Pretrial and Trial Conduct