There are a couple “rule books” ethical lawyers swear to.

The first is the Florida Bar’s Rules of Professional Conduct.  They are located here-

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If you do civil litigation, which means wind up with cases in (civil not criminal) trial courts, you have to have some order and professionalism amongst lawyers. In 1994, the Trial Lawyers Section of The Florida Bar, the Conference of Circuit Judges, and the Conference of County Court Judges formed a joint committee to provide a forum for the exchange of ideas on how to improve the day-to-day practice of law for trial lawyers and trial judges. At the committee’s first meeting, it was the overwhelming consensus that “discovery abuse” should be the top priority.  They drafted the grandfather of these rules.




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