Does counsel have a right to attack the integrity of the court in the process?

California, United States of America

The following excerpt is from McCann v. Municipal Court, 221 Cal.App.3d 527, 270 Cal.Rptr. 640 (Cal. App. 1990):

He further contends that his duty to this client required him to argue the point even if it meant being held in contempt, citing Gallagher v. Municipal Court (1948) 31 Cal.2d 784, 796, 192 P.2d 905, which holds that an attorney has the duty to protect the interests of his client, and a right to press legitimate argument and to protest an erroneous ruling. Nowhere in this opinion, or in the others cited by contemnor, is it suggested that counsel has a right to attack the integrity of the court in the process. 1

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