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Can court change case judges as it pleases?

Say a lawsuit has been filed with a court. A judge looks at the case and makes some initial directions (e.g. requests formal written statements, considers case management memoranda filed by the ...
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How much judicial bias is enough for recusal? [duplicate]

A layman curiosity here. All I know about the courts comes from TV shows, which are, apparently, not real very much. However, given their original intent of educate populace about the legal system, ...
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Is it acceptable to send flowers to a judge after a routine administrative proceeding?

I recently filed a petition in my county court. While I'm aware it's a routine proceeding for county judges, the judge's grant of my petition means a lot to me personally, and I would like to send a ...
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Is the Judge allowed to ask about your nationality or citizenship during a speeding ticket hearing?

I am of Indian origin, legally living in the United States. For my speeding ticket hearing, the Judge asked me in front of the entire court house; "Are you from Pakistan? I replied "no" with an answer,...
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Can a judge question me about facts of my case?

I'm the defendant in a Maryland traffic case. It's an automated traffic enforcement ticket (red-light camera). I'm pleading not-guilty and have requested a trial. I'm not a lawyer but I have spent a ...
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Addressing UK magistrate as “My Lord”

Is it legal to call a magistrate “My lord”?
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Do judges get penalised when their decisions are quashed by a higher court?

In New Zealand, court decisions are fairly often taken to a higher court and got quashed / overturned. When this happens, the higher court judge would typically rule that the previous judge "erred" in ...
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Appeal process in UK from District Judge

Could anyone please explain to me my options. I am appealing against a possession order from a District Judge to a Circuit Judge. I have a hearing for permission to appeal in two weeks time. I am ...
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What does a judge do if there was a leading question?

What does a judge do is there is a leading question asked by one party towards a witness during direct examination, and the other party doesn’t object to it? I’m writing a paper on the procedure of ...
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What happens if a sheriff department ignores a writ from a judge?

If a judge issues a writ to a sheriff department to arrest or evict someone and the sheriff department refuses to take action, what happens? Is it criminal for them to intentionally ignore a writ?
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Can a judge give a direct order to a police officer?

I'm a layperson. I have seen judges tell police officers to take an action (ex.evict someone or handcuff a defendant). Are police officers required to follow instructions from judges? I've always ...
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What is meant by a litigant insuring a judge's life?

'Lord Scarman' The Telegraph (10 Dec 2004). Scarman was assigned to the Probate, Divorce and Admiralty Division (moving to the Family Division when it was abolished) and presided over the longest ...
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What did Learned Hand mean by 'whether the best mood or habit is not that' and 'all specific choices may be momentous'?

Source: The Betrayed Profession (1994), p. 238 Middle.   Judge Learned Hand was certainly right when he evoked the commandment "Thou shalt not ration justice"; but it is not quite that easy. ...
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Do judges try to appeal-proof their decisions?

I've been reading a lot of judges' decisions recently, and I've noticed a type of comment that comes up frequently: comments that seem to only be provided in order to make it more difficult for an ...
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Can police officers practice law like lawyers (defence attorney, prosecution) and judges?

I was reading an old NYT Article, and it suggested that there is value in that police officers who are cross-trained as lawyers. Although rare, the article suggested that most who go through this ...
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How basic were Senator Kennedy's questions to Matthew Spencer Petersen?

The recent hearing of the candidates for district court judge sparked some media attention as President Trump's candidate, Matthew Spencer Petersen, could not answer (video here) some law-specific ...
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Can a federal judge be disbarred?

If so, by whom, and under what circumstances? What are the consequences? Would a federal judge with a lifetime appointment lose it as a consequence?
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What limits are there to the powers of individual judges in the United States legal system?

Based on what I have heard, judges in United States can cancel the traffic ticket of an individual or imprison another simply because something they don't like in some person. (Here I would not ...
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How should I prepare in terms of dress and language to testify at a bail hearing?

So there's this situation, where a relative of mine has been arrested and caged up with charges of a white collar crime. In order for us to fight the prosecutors, we must bail him/her out first. I ...
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Judge Judy specific retaliation: technically ethical?

In this clip, Judge Judy Sheindlin directs a defendant to “talk fast.” He responds with, “If you wouldn’t cut me off, I’d be able to talk fast.” Judge Judy, out of disbelief or humor, asks the bailiff ...
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Why is the FBI rather than state investigators looking into these judges who take bribes?

https://www.publishersweekly.com/978-0-374-28194-6 In personal injury cases in the U.S.A., large amounts of money can be involved and lawyers work for contingent fees. Thus it can be worth a lawyer's ...
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Can a judge deny bail for a failure to appear warrant arrest?

If you have failed to appear to court for a civil case and get arrested for failure to appear, is that reason enough to be denied bail until the FTA hearing?
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Can a judge order a juror stricken for cause to return?

Can a judge order a juror to return for jury duty based on the juror's answer in voir dire? I observed the following in a Texas court. During voir dire a juror was asked, Would you hold it ...
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How can the judicial branch enforce a judge's order against the CBP if it does not comply?

Inspired by recent events, I am wondering what would happen if a court makes a clear ruling (say, that border officials must not turn back refugees) and if CBP explicitly refuses to comply. (I say "...
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What is the legal status of a UK planning inspector in an appeal?

I've heard different interpretations of the ability of UK planning inspectors to make legally binding judgements outside of written law. Where there is no statute which directly covers a particular ...
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How do courts redress jury decisions when evidence of jury bias is present?

tl;dr: How do courts redress jury decisions when evidence of jury bias is present? Example case I know from Georgia: victim hit by a drunk driver. The players and timeline below. Plaintiff (victim)...
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In UK law how binding is judge precedent, and when can it be ignored?

Once a court has set precedent, can it ever be ignored? Is it legally binding, or just very persuasive advice? Are there any examples of a judge ignoring precedent without setting new precedent, or is ...
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Personal, Subpoena'd Information that's Exculpatory is 'Missing'

If information is acquired by a prosecutor that is potentially exculpatory but misplaced, what should a defense attorney do, and what (beyond admonishment) would a judge ordinarily do?
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How can a civil judge override the jury's award?

In a civil case in which the jury decides an award for the plaintiff, under what circumstances and with what limits can a judge reduce this award? Does this implicate either the 6th or 7th Amendments?...
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Why do judges wear costumes?

Many judges often wear robes in the courtroom, but sometimes, they also wear it outside of the courtroom. Where did the robes originate, and why do judges (and lawyers) wear them? For example, the ...
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Is there any mechanism to enforce judicial recusal?

Is there any mechanism to force a judge to recuse him/herself from a case? (I mean above and beyond filing a motion and leaving the decision to the judge him/herself to decide?) For example, Justice ...
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What motivates judges to rule justly?

In market mechanism every shop has incentive to charge a fair price. Charge too low they go bankcrupt. Charge too high and you won't buy from them. What mechanisms exist to encourage judges to rule ...
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Is disclosing a trade secret only to a judge in court, as happened in “The Prestige”, something that could happen in reality?

The 2006 film The Prestige begins with a magician drowning while performing a magic trick, with another man accused of murdering him. During the trial, the magician's engineer is asked to reveal the ...
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Can plaintiff or defendant questions judge - or it against the law?

I watch a lot of judge Judy and many of you know its irritating. When she say she cannot look into the evidence or she have so many other work to do .How can a judge behave like that to public ? ...
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Why are magisterial judges not addressed with “your majesty?”

Magisterial judges tend to be lower-level judges, but court officers (e.g., lawyers) still address them as "your honor." It seems, given the title of their office, that "your majesty" would be the ...
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Are there resources that investigate a judge's personal life and opinions?

Preface: I ask this question for judges who lack (auto)biographies or whose (auto)biographies lack enough detail. I purpose to learn about the personal lives or opinions of judges, to discover ...
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Are judges immune from prosecution of crimes committed while acting as a judge?

While discussing Hans Reiser's subsequent civil lawsuit to his murder conviction, Wikipedia states: "Judges ... are immune to lawsuits regarding their official conduct." In the United States, is ...
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Why are judges allowed to read news and media opinions?

I find it interesting that apparently judges are allowed to read news and opinions about the litigation in front of them, whereas juries would not be. Why is there such a distinction, and are there ...
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Can a court judge override a jury decision?

My knowledge of law is minimal, I'm curious about edge cases in the jury/judge dynamic. When can they override each other, interesting situations where decisions that would typically be made by one ...
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Is the judge allowed to nullify laws?

If a jury disagrees with a law, it's allowed to exercise a right known as jury nullification. However, what about civil cases (e.g., in a Superior Court in California) that are presided by a judge ...
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Does the gavel have a legal significance, or is it purely ceremonial?

Judges in US courtrooms famously use a gavel at appropriately dramatic points in a trial. If a judge fails to use a gavel, or uses it at the wrong moment, is this legally significant? Or is the ...