I've been in court over my divorce for several years. It was granted last November but there are still ongoing issues. We have a One-Family-One-Judge ruling so all of our Magistrate-level issues go before one magistrate and our other issues go before one particular judge. This same magistrate has presided over our case for the last two years.
All of a sudden at the most recent hearing last week, the magistrate recused herself. We were told by our newly assigned magistrate and no reason was given.
Is there a formal way to find out why she recused herself? Can this have any affect on prior rulings?
I always disliked the seemingly close relationship the magistrate had with opposing counsel. She referred to hit herself a few times and always said it was due to the lawyer being in court so often in the same courthouse for years.
I'm not sure there's a way to find that out, but it sounds like may be more comfortable with the new magistrate. Maybe the magistrate is taking on other duties, such as juvenile cases, or is taking another job. If you have a local attorney they may be aware of any scuttlebutt.
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There could be a number of reasons why and you are not entitled to know why.
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