A lawyer shall make reasonable efforts to expedite litigation consistent with the interests of the client.
Adopted June 9, 1997, effective January 1, 1998.
 Dilatory practices bring the administration of justice into disrepute. Delay should not be indulged merely for the convenience of the advocates, or for the purpose of frustrating an opposing party's attempt to obtain rightful redress or repose. It is not a justification that similar conduct is often tolerated by the bench and bar. The question is whether a competent lawyer acting in good faith would regard the course of action as having some substantial purpose other than delay. Realizing financial or other benefit from otherwise improper delay in litigation is not a legitimate interest of the client.
Corresponding ABA Model Rule. Identical to Model Rule 3.2 .
Corresponding Former Massachusetts Rule. DR 7-102 (A)(1); see also DR 7-101, S.J.C. Rule 3:08, PF 2, DF 2.
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