How Can I File a Complaint Against a Judge for Bias in My Texas Divorce Case?
When a judge seems biased against you during a Texas divorce, the entire process can be miserable. You might feel like you’re doomed to lose no matter what you do, and that all the money you’ve spent on a lawyer counts for nothing. It’s no wonder, then, that we often hear from people who want to file complaints against unfair or biased judges. The process, however, can be onerous. And filing a complaint against a judge is rarely wise. Here’s what you need to know.
Do You Really Want to Complain?
Before you go any further, think long and hard about whether you want to start a fight with a judge. It’s a fight you’ll almost certainly lose, and the loss can cost you dearly in your case. Moreover, what feels like bias might not be. When someone evaluates your life from the outside, it’s easy to feel like you’re a victim of bias. In reality, the judge just might not see things your way. Talk things over with an unbiased third party before doing anything.
Appeals: A Better Option
The ultimate purpose of going to court is to win your case—not to fight with a judge. So if you think the judge has been unfair, talk to your lawyer about whether an appeal or motion for reconsideration is a good idea. If your case isn’t finished yet, then there’s definitely no reason to fight with the judge. Ask your lawyer to carefully preserve any errors for the record, so that you can appeal later if necessary.
When a Judge is Truly Out of Line
But what if a judge is truly out of line, by berating you, intruding upon your personal life, or clearly expressing bias? Even then, that’s most often something for an appeals court to deal with. Even when it’s not, don’t try to go it alone. You need a lawyer, and you need one now. Attorneys have experience working with biased and unfair judges. People who represent themselves often make their case weaker.
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