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Can I Pick My Judge?

When your petition is filed with the court, a judge is assigned to your case.  You may not pick your own judge or judge “shop.”  Judge “shopping” occurs when a person involved in a legal case attempts to influence the court’s assignment of a case so that it will be directed to or away from a particular judge.  However, talk to your attorney about the reasons you want a different judge.  If you believe that your judge has a conflict of interest, such as being a close friend of your spouse or in business with your spouse, you may have a basis for asking the judge to be “recused” in order to allow another judge to hear the case.  You should request this early in your proceedings.

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