Ehrlich Law Firm obtains emergency stay from Court of Appeal for trial lawyer seeking to recuse trial judge

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Ehrlich Law Firm obtains emergency stay from Court of Appeal for trial lawyer seeking to recuse trial judge

Superior Court of California Los Angeles CountyWhen a trial lawyer’s case was transferred from one Superior Court Judge to another at the Mosk Courthouse, the trial lawyer filed a peremptory challenge under Code Civ. Proc. section 170.6.  The trial judge ruled that the challenge was not timely filed, because it had not been made at the moment the transfer was announced – before counsel even had a chance to confer with his client.

The Ehrlich Law Firm was able to file an emergency writ petition within 24 hours of being retained, and the Court of Appeal granted a stay within 2 hours after the papers were filed.  The matter later settled, rendering the proceeding moot. Badalyans v. Aghadjanians, 2/6/08.


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