Legal process question


#1

A Legal process question. If one party has a lawyer and the other party represents themselves, is it legal for the party who is representing themselves to contact the judge in person or via phone to ask questions/advice regarding the case without the other parties attorney being present?


#2

No, the judge will not speak to either party ex parte (outside the presence of the other party) and a judge cannot answer questions or give legal advice to either side.


#3

What if the judge does speak with the party who is representing themselves without the other attorney for the other party being present? What happens?


#4

Ex parte communication is not allowed period. The judge could be removed from the case if improper ex parte communication occurs.