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How to Deal With a Bullying Judge

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By William Vogeler, Esq. on February 27, 2019 3:00 PM

Nobody likes a bully, especially the ones in black robes.

They are like ogres, trolls that drag people under the bridge and eat them raw. Only judicial bullies do it front a courtroom audience, and no one dares come to the rescue.

That's why you have to come to court prepared for the worst. Either that, or get outta there while you still have your briefs.

Bad Judges

It's hard to complain publicly about a judge, but there are some bad ones out there. In case you forgot, here's a list of recent nominees:

Nobody is saying these people are bullies. Thieves, racists, or sexual harassers, maybe, but that's what judicial discipline is for.

When you are in the courtroom with a bully, it's too late for that. So what are you going to do?

What to Do?

Attorney Roula Allouch, speaking about an anti-bully initiative with the American Bar Association, said lawyers often overlook judicial bullying. But litigators can:

  • Make an objection for the record
  • Ask the court to address a different issue
  • Take the matter to the presiding judge

Allouch said attorneys should complain discreetly, when possible. Sometimes they may want to address the problem as a group or a bar association.

Before long, they will have their own list of bad judges. That would be the judicial recusal list.

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