It will likely depend on whether that person worked directly for the Judge or Commissioner in question. If the person worked in that specific Judge's courtroom, then you would certainly have a reason to question whether the Judge could hear the case.
Your case sounds very complex and you should speak with an attorney in your area who works on juvenile cases AS SOON AS POSSIBLE to help you with your case.
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The judge has the duty to avoid the appearance of impropriety. If he worked with her in his court room or in some other capacity he may have to recuse himself . You need to bring it to his attention if he does nothing you may have the right to bring a motion before the chief judge for removal. I hope this is helpful
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If your Mom has worked directly for the Judge hearing your case you may be able to get the Judge to recuse him or herself. With the shift in courts and judges in July there are Judges in the Family Law division that came from the criminal court and may not know your Mom. Have you brought it up to the Judge.
In these type of cases you need to have an attorney helping you. Sure it costs some money but it's your kids you are talking about. Speak with an attorney and get their point of view. Many in Fresno, such as myself, offer free consultations. Give one a call.
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