Family Law

Family Law News Issue 1, 2019, Volume 41, No. 1

Disqualification Of Judges Under Code of Civil Procedure Section 170.4(c)(1)

Michael G. Loeffler

Michael Loeffler has practiced family law since 1975. He was a Mental Health Hearing Officer for fifteen years. He was the head of the Area VI Developmental Disabilities Board for ten years. He graduated with highest honors from the University of California, Davis, where he was a member of Phi Beta Kappa, and from the University of The Pacific, McGeorge School of Law, where he attained membership in The Traynor Society. He is also a second degree black belt in aikido and a former marathon runner.

There is a fascinating but largely unknown procedure in the Code of Civil Procedure for disqualification of judges. The purpose of this article is to educate the legal community about this subject.

When lawyers and judges think about the subject of disqualifying a judge, most of us immediately focus on Code of Civil Procedure section 170.6 procedure at the beginning of a case.

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