I am the plaintiff in a federal court action. I saw the judge for my case at a grocery store. He didn't see me, and I didn't know if it was proper to come up to him and say hello, since I'm not sure if that would be misconstrued as trying to gain his favor outside the court room. Are there rules or is there just proper ethics or decorum that must be followed in this kind of situation?
If the circumstances force you into the kind of contact that makes it awkward not to react, a simple momentary nondescript nod and half-smile will suffice. No talk. No "watching." Avoid the need for even the nod if possible. Do not be surprised if the judge does not appear to recognize you and does not react.
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