Banister returns

My staircase makes a 90-degree turn halfway down. Two bannisters, unconnected, are mounted on one side. The ends of the bannisters are "open" and out of building code. Is it customary to attach "wall returns" to the end of the banisters?
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Phisherman wrote:

The IBC requires that handrails return to the wall, guard, or floor. The idea is to prevent clothing from catching on the end of the handrail and contributing to a fall.
It's often not enforced though.
Chris
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If this is a wall hanging rail, code requires a return to the wall at the top and bottom of each rail. You don't need a continuous rail if there is a landing or a post.
Mike O.
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