When the ball in court proceedings is on the judge's side, i.e. the judge is taking their time to work out directions/decisions, and it takes too long — what legal recourse does the plaintiff or prosecutor have? Are there provisions in place that prevent negligent or corrupt judges from stalling proceedings without good reason? Are there timeframes that courts must observe?
If this question is too broad, let's scope it down to private prosecutions in New Zealand, specifically when a proposed prosecution is referred to the judge for a direction (s26(1)(b)). How long should a private prosecutor wait for the judge to come back with a direction before lodging a complaint to the Judicial Conduct Commissioner?