Have Legal Questions? Ask a Lawyer Now.
the nuances vary by state, but a judge is suppose to disqualify himself/herself where they have a business relationship, a financial interest, or a familial relationship with a party or attorney. There is no prohibition against the judge presiding where a friend is a party, but a judge is suppose to disqualify himself/herself where he/she believes there is a substantial doubt as to his or her capacity to be impartial, or where a person aware of the facts might reasonably entertain a doubt that the judge would be able to be impartial.
So, should the judge have disqualified himself or herself? You are the person aware fo the facts, so you would be the one to tell me, but it sounds like the potential need for disqualification was there. Best of luck.
If this was informative, please click "accept" so I may receive credit for my personal time and effort. Thank you.
DISCLAIMER: Answers from Experts on JustAnswer are not substitutes for the advice of an attorney. JustAnswer is a public forum and questions and responses are not private or confidential or protected by the attorney-client privilege. The Expert above is not your attorney, and the response above is not legal advice. You should not read this response to propose specific action or address specific circumstances, but only to give you a sense of general principles of law that might affect the situation you describe. Application of these general principles to particular circumstances must be done by a lawyer who has spoken with you in confidence, learned all relevant information, and explored various options. Before acting on these general principles, you should hire a lawyer licensed to practice law in the jurisdiction to which your question pertains.
The responses above are from individual Experts, not JustAnswer. The site and services are provided “as is”. To view the verified credential of an Expert, click on the “Verified” symbol in the Expert’s profile. This site is not for emergency questions which should be directed immediately by telephone or in-person to qualified professionals. Please carefully read the Terms of Service (last updated February 8, 2012).