While it is permissible, it is highly unusual unless the original judge was sick or was not on the bench to rule on the matter and had a substitute judge. The FRCP does not prohibit another judge sitting in for the trial judge, it is not unethical or against any laws. However, I would contact the court and find out why another judge heard your case, many times in Federal Court
certain matters are sent to a magistrate to rule on and not the judge, if that was the case here then this is common. If this was a ruling from another judge in the circuit, then you need to find out from the clerk what happened to your judge.
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