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Andrew,Thank you for your follow-up. I am sorry that you are going through such a fractious divorce. I am likewise assuming that you wish to challenge the judge as somehow invalid due to a potential conflict of interest. So far I do not quite see one although there may be a conflict.1. If a judge is a registered attorney, and the representation does not in any way cause the case to appear in the same judge's court, there is no inherent conflict. For example if a judge acts as a social security judge, representing someone in a family law matter is permitted UNLESS the court system expressly had rules and conditions in lace that forbid such 'moonlighting'. Please review the Georgia Code of Judicial Conduct:http://www.georgiacourts.org/files/GEORGIA%20CODE%20OF%20JUDICIAL%20CONDUCT%20-%2009_23_11.pdf2. In terms of Rule 1.11, the rules essentially bars the judge or any pblic legal professional from contacting or being contacted by parties who they have in front of them in court and being offered employment. That is what would create the majority of conflicts in this instance. A judge likewise cannot act in a matter that he heard in the past or was a part of. Here is the statute that would govern, specifically rule 1.12:
The maximum penalty for a violation of this Rule is a public reprimand.
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