How To Deal With A Biased Judge

contemptQuestion:

My wife and I are in the process of divorcing. She works at the court house with the judges that will most likely decide our case and she has told me they will side with her no matter what.

Isn’t this a conflict of interest? What can I do to ensure I have a fair hearing?

Answer:

While I cannot give you legal advice, I can give some general observations on this issue based on my time practicing in Pennsylvania.

In Pennsylvania, the conduct of judges is controlled, in part, by the Code of Judicial Conduct. In fact, this code (or cannon) is codified in the laws of Pennsylvania. The code states, in part: “A judge shall uphold and promote the independence, integrity, and impartiality of the judiciary, and shall avoid impropriety and the appearance of impropriety.”

Also in Pennsylvania, if you believe a judge is not following his or her duty to be impartial, then you can, upon the proper filing, ask the judge to recuse (or withdrawal) him or herself from the divorce case. Outside of the courtroom, there is also information and resources available from the Judicial Conduct Board of Pennsylvania. This Board also accepts complaints.

Due to the seriousness of possibly having an impartial judge, I would strongly suggest you contact an attorney who handles family law matters in your jurisdiction, such as Cordell & Cordell.

To arrange an initial consultation to discuss divorce rights for men with a Cordell & Cordell attorney, contact Cordell & Cordell.

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Shawn Garrison is an Online Editor for Lexicon, focusing on subjects related to the legal services of customers, Cordell & Cordell and Cordell & Cordell UK. He has written countless pieces dealing with the unique child custody and divorce issues that men and fathers face. Through his work on CordellCordell.com, CordellCordell.co.uk, and DadsDivorce.com, Mr. Garrison has become an authority on the complexities of the legal experience and was a content creator for the YouTube series “Dad’s Divorce Live” and additional videos on both the Dad’s Divorce and Cordell & Cordell YouTube channels. Mr. Garrison has managed the sites of these customers, and fostered the creation of several of their features, including the Cordell & Cordell attorney and office pages, the Dad’s Divorce Newsletter, and the Cordell & Cordell newsletter.

One comment on “How To Deal With A Biased Judge

    Unfair Judges , all the way to the Magistrate court. My spouses father works at court and knows most people. They kept changing the Judge in the beginning till the got the one the wanted. Totally ruining my life and my children’s lives. 8 yrs I’ve lived at 6,000 dollars a year and my spouse has lived on 65,000 a year. I want to get back my lost 8 yrs with my children and damages to my life.

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