(a) Conduct of Counsel

(1) Counsel shall be punctual and prepared for all court appearances so that hearings and trials may commence on time.  In the event of a delay, counsel shall notify the court and opposing counsel, if possible.

(2) Counsel shall stand when addressing the court and when examining and cross-examining witnesses unless the court expressly excuses counsel from so doing.

(3) When stating an objection, counsel shall state only the basis of the objection (e.g., "leading," or "nonresponsive," or "hearsay").  Under no circumstances shall counsel elaborate or present an argument or make reference to other evidence unless the court so requests.

(4) Counsel shall act and speak respectfully and civilly to the court, jurors, other counsel, parties, witnesses, and court personnel.