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Have a question on courtroom basics -- inside the courtroom

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Have a question on courtroom basics -- inside the courtroom I know there are two tables. In a hearing that is on a motion for withdrawal of counsel, where would the client(s) be seated generally... and even if the motion is not opposed. Would the parties normally sit at separate tables?
Hi,

Thank you for your question.

This is really a matter of local rules set by each court. Further, there are times when a court will have more than 2 tables in it at which counsel may sit.

At a hearing on a motion, such as a motion to withdraw as counsel, there are generally no set rules on where the attorneys sit. The only rules which control where the attorneys sit is when the trial begins (then the attorneys need to sit at the two different tables).

The parties need to sit behind the bar/railing in the audience sitting unless accompanied by an attorney or unless called forward by the judge. This will be true unless a party is representing themselves, in which case, he/she may sit on the attorney side of the bar/railing.

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Customer: replied 4 years ago.

OK... attending the hearing is lawyer and the client. However, the lawyer is there to withdraw... so would it be customary in this type of situation for the two individuals to still be sitting next to one another or at different tables?

It depends on whether they are in opposition to each other. If the client believes that the lawyer is wrongfully withdrawing, then they may want to sit at different tables. However, again, there is not a set rule governing this sort of thing.
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I am sorry for the delay in getting to you. Thank you for requesting me it seems the other expert was able to post before I could get to you.

Regarding your situation that we have been discussing. Since you are contesting the withdrawal, when the case is called you will step up in front of the court, you on one side the attorney on the other. The attorney will present his reasons for withdrawing from the case and then because you are filing an objection you would have the right to present your objection on how this is going to cause you material prejudice to your case before the judge decides. You will be on opposite sides of the aisle in front of the judge's bench and each of you will stand to address the judge.




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