When the judge and counsel meet privately in the judge's chambers, shoudn't you have the right to know what is being done on your behalf?Since anything could be said against you, how do you know if...

When the judge and counsel meet privately in the judge's chambers, shoudn't you have the right to know what is being done on your behalf?

Since anything could be said against you, how do you know if you are even being defended by your attorney.

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Ashley Kannan | Middle School Teacher | (Level 3) Distinguished Educator

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This is an interesting question.  The only answer that one can give is that there is some level of trust that has to be present within such a setting.  For instance, a defendant must trust that the legal system, including communication between counsel in chambers, will work under the presumption of innocence.  The defendant must have trust that the lawyer who represents will be one who will zealously defend their client within the bounds of the canon.  If there is communication outside of the realm of the defendant, the lawyer's code of ethics precludes them from saying anything that would jeopardize the advocacy that they have to show to their client.  In the end, these conditions have to be accepted, must be found as part of the trust that underlies the legal system and the defendant's right to a fair trial.  It is difficult to absorb, but this premise of trust must be there in order for the legal system to work towards the rights of the accused.

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