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if 9 months have passed and you have not seen any movement in your petition, and if the petition was properly filed, the ordinary remedy would be a writ of mandamus (sometimes called a "writ of mandate"). A writ of mandamus is not an appeal--it is basically when the court did not do something that they were suppose to do. Any time that I have had to file one in a situation like this, the court usually fixes the problem immediately (as opposed to being reprimanded for not doing their job).
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it would be filed with the appellate court. I understand what you mean about alienating the judge, but, in my experience, you can sometimes get the best results from a judge who knows that you are not playing games. It would be much less favorable for the judge to deny your petition and have it overturned on appeal.