Judge Who Forced Litigant to Trial Without a Lawyer Is Reversed

, New Jersey Law Journal


A family court judge bent on disposing of one of his oldest cases wrongly rushed a litigant who had just fired his lawyer to try his case pro se, rather than giving him to time to hire a new one.

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  • Marc J. Rogoff, Esq.

    I had a similar case like this where the client was substantially disadvantaged in an oral settlement with a lawyer that filed a motion to be relieved on the day of trial but was not let out of the case. The client ended up with substantial financial obligations beyond his means with no funds to file an appeal. A motion was filed to vacate the judgment on grounds similar to this case that was denied. I hope this case reminds judges' to be more sensitive to the litigant's rights over the court's calendar. Many times litigant's can not afford to correct egregious results.

  • The Judge

    What an asshole.

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