No. The judge is not permitted to speak to only one side about a case. This is called an ex parte communication. It is extremely disturbing that the judge did not follow the law on the trial date by requiring the plaintiff to prove its case, and it is disturbing that no request was made to require them to provide your attorney with the opportunity to view what they supposedly received via FedEx prior to showing up in court with it.
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Without the note there will be a defect in the lender's proofs. Do you have an attorney who is representing you at trial? If so, why are you posting here? If you don't have an attorney, then at the close of the bank's case-in-chief you should ask the court to dismiss the action for failure to state/prove a claim. Good luck.
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No. As the other attorney's have stated, a judge may not speak with one side of a case without the other side being present. Also, it is bad form to informally complain to a judge about the enforcement of an order. If the other side can't produce the note then the judge will eventually rule in your favor anyway. No need to aggravate him/her by rushing them. If the bank actually has the note and they just need more time to produce it, the judge is likely to give it to them.
If they do produce the note, make sure to scrutinize it as well as the assignments to make sure that everything is in order. Good luck.