Family Law

Family Law News Issue 4, 2019, Volume 41, No. 4

Disqualification of Judges

Michael G. Loeffler

Mike 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. Heisalsoa second degree black belt in aikido and former marath on runner. He may be reached at

In a recent Family Law News article1, I discussed the procedure to disqualify judges and was surprised at the reaction to the article. Attorneys (family law and otherwise) from around the state contacted me. Most did not know that this procedure existed before reading the article.

Through these contacts, I have been able to see the disqualification process in action around California. It has been fascinating. Some superior court clerks were even unfamiliar with the process.

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