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The Road Often Traveled: Directions in Civility

November 2017 Bar Bulletin

By Karen Sutherland


What direction are we going with civility in the legal system? A quick search of Washington case law in Google Scholar for cases that included the word “civility” yielded 30 cases.1 By decade, the breakdown is as follows:



Three cases that mention civility are from 2017, which means civility has been mentioned by the courts more frequently this year than it was mentioned from 1950–1970.

Now, for Some Examples
A recent appellate ruling that addressed civility and professionalism, State v. Jefferson, was filed in July.2 It involved Tyree Jefferson’s appeal from a conviction for attempted first-degree murder, first-degree assault and unlawful possession of a...

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