Typically when you want a judge to recuse himself, you just ask, and they say usually say, "no."
They must recuse themselves if they are bias. This is more than just not liking someone. Basically, they have to have some financial or personal stake in the case. For example, the defendant is the judge's brother.
Further, if the judge refuses to recuse himself, your recourse is to win on appeal. In small claims court, you automatically are entitled to a new trial
at district court if you do not like the magistrates decision. Therefore, making the motion at small claims court is not necessary and would probably just hurt your chances of winning at that level.
If you feel that it is a waste of time to even try to win the case in front of this magistrate, then you should file suit in the district court instead.
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