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Thursday, May 22, 2008

Don't Be Too Judge Reliant

I'm making a little confession here about a stupid thing I did recently to save you a future hassle.
I over-relied on a particular judge's idiosyncrasies to the detriment of what I wanted done. Nothing major or particularly fatal longer-term but I had a less than perfectly productive court date. Because, "our" judge wasn't on the bench for our court date.

I have this case that's been going on for 5+ years and we're now at the post-appeals stage (If you want a primer on the Illinois Partition Act just ask...that's this case). Well, we've had this same trial judge for all that time and he knows the case well. And he has this thing that he literally does NOT look at pleadings. So over five years I've probably filed 50ish motions/petitions and he's likely never looked at one of them and he shuns even your attempt to hand documents to the bench when you're before him.

And wouldn't ya know it this week he wasn't there, and his replacement actually wanted a written motion in order to do what we wanted done. And this BAD, BAD lawyer didn't have one.

2 Comments:

At 9:40 AM, Blogger Deuce Geary said...

I know a lawyer who, in opposition to an attorney fee motion, heavily criticized the trial judge and claimed fees should be limited because the judgment would obviously be reversed on appeal..

 
At 9:44 AM, Blogger Deuce Geary said...

Oops.. Hit "publish by accident. Anyway . . .

I know a lawyer who, in opposition to an attorney fee motion, heavily criticized the trial judge for not knowing his way around the law and claimed fees should be limited because the judgment would obviously be reversed on appeal. The reason he felt he could do this is that the judge had announced his retirement and would be off the bench by the time the motion was heard.

Guess who decided to delay ihis retirement?

 

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