Take care about what is said in the public areas of the courthouse

October 2007
By Judge John Wittmayer, Multnomah County Circuit Court

Lawyers should remember to be cautious about their conversations in the hallways, elevators and lobby of the courthouse. And you should tell your clients and witnesses to be careful about this, also. The public areas of the courthouse are full of jurors and other interested parties, and occasionally something is said in the presence of a person who should not overhear it. Don't compromise your client's interests - be careful, and make sure your clients and witnesses are careful too.