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8 Advocate 1 (1965)

handle is hein.barjournals/adisb0008 and id is 1 raw text is: Vol. 8, No. 1                               Boise, Idaho                              January, 1965

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By Alden Hull
December 20, the Idaho Sunday States-
man headlined its lead editorial Idaho
Must Give Attention to Its Courts Sys-
tems or Face Judicial Deterioration and
Incompetency. The
writer detailed defi-
ciencies in our judi-
c i a I system, men-
tioning particularly
the lack of admini-
strative staff for the
Supreme Court, lack
of training for the
laymen who preside
over most of our
lower courts, the low
judicial salaries, the inadequate libraries,
etc. All these weaknesses have been long
known to the members of the Idaho Bar
but perhaps are not so familiar to the
general public. As a means of informing
the public of the inadequacies the editor-
ial served a very useful purpose.
Then to leave no doubt who has the
responsibility for correcting these de-
ficiencies the writer throws down the
gauntlet by these words:
The State Bar Association might
contribute earnestly in correcting
deficiencies in the state's judiciary.
The leadership for such work rests
squarely upon the shoulders of Alden
Hull, Wallace, state president, and
his 700 colleagues in the legal pro-
and as a last reminder Again, it
is up to Mr. Hull and the State Bar
to lead the way.
Unfortunately the writer did not give
notice and/or credit to the Bar for its
efforts in correcting the deficiencies. The
Bar has actively supported judicial sal-
ary increases at all levels and will con-
tinue to support and urge higher judicial
salaries. Who knows better than the at-
torneys of this state the absolute neces-
sity of having competent judiciary ade-
quately compensated. The Bar has and
is continuously seeking to improve the
lower court system. The entire Bar can
(Continued on page four)

Client Relationship
Reference was made in this corner in
the last issue of the Advocate to the
Missouri Bar Prentice-Hall Survey con-
ducted in 1963. The post-script to the
Survey concluded with the imposition of
this duty upon the bar:
Until the organized Bar undertakes
to institute programs to bring these
findings to the attention of the in-
dividual lawyer and to recommend
and urge corrective measures neces-
sary to improvement in the client-
attorney relationship, the purpose of
this survey will not have been
The findings made and the conclusions
drawn in Chapter 5 of the Survey clear-
ly demonstrate how crucial our burden is.
Chapter 5 directs itself to public accept-
ance of and public attitudes toward the
bar and specifically why the attitudes
develop. The conclusions and recom-
mendations of Chapter 5 of the Survey
were based upon extensive inquiry into
five basic areas: extent and frequency of
use of lawyers; the role and reputation
of the lawyer; comparison of the lawyer
with other professions; availability and
adequacy of legal services; and, the pub-
lic attitude toward unnecessary law-
Insofar as frequency of use of lawyers
is concerned the Survey finds that ap-
proximately 63%   of the persons inter-
viewed were probably in need of legal
services, yet a substantial portion of the
people interviewed (approximately 28%)
never felt the need for a lawyer's serv-
ices. The economic implications are ob-
The Survey indicates that in the area
of the lawyer's reputation, 80% of all
the persons interviewed rated the law-
yer's reputation in his community as
average or better. A statistic of even
more importance is that the lawyer was
given a slightly better rating for repu-
tation by the laymen who had not used
a lawyer's services than by those who
(Continued on page three)

Publishers Find Rougher
Going For Court Reports
Editor & Publisher magazine devoted
a full page in its December 12 edition to
new developments relating to trial and
crime news coverage by the press and
Under the headline, More Doors Clos-
ing to Court Reporters, Editor & Pub-
lisher said developments this week
clearly show that life is going to get
progressively tougher for reporters on
police and court beats.
E & P said the fast developing trend
to tone down pre-trial reports, comments
and coverage follows on recommenda-
tions made by the Warren Commission
concerning press conduct in coverage of
the Kennedy assassination and Oswald
murder a year ago in Dallas.
Billie Sol and Television
Foremost among developments men-
tioned by E & P is the United States
Supreme Court action in agreeing to
hear an appeal which will consider the
effect of television on the trial of Billie
Sol Estes in Texas. Estes contends that
he was denied due process and equal pro-
tection of the laws under the 14th
Amendment when his trial was televised
despite his repeated objections.
Trial Judge Code
Other items noted in the E & P story
include Provisional Draft No. 3 of the
Trial Judge's Code now under develop-
ment by the National Conference of State
Trial Judges, an activity of the ABA
Section of Judicial Administration.
The proposed code, prepared by the
Trial Judges' Court Rules Committee
under the chairmanship of Judge Robert
L. McBride, Dayton, Ohio, includes a
Section II which deals with the trial
judge in his relationship with the public
and press. It states in part that:
The fact that trials are public does
not entitle anyone to photograph, record
or otherwise to participate, interrupt or
detract from the proceedings or to annoy
the participants. It also notes that:
The trial judge should not permit
counsel or any party to participate in
any action or to make any statements
regarding a pending case to the public,
(Continued on page three)

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