Have you ever experienced a judge told you “Please sit down, Mr X” without listening to your argument, and then proceeded to question your opponent at length?
Yes. Sometimes it’s bush league and unfair. To most judges’ credit, however, this doesn’t happen a lot, although when it does it usually happens with some judges more than others.
Most of the time, if you are told to sit down while the judge questions the other side, it usually doesn’t mean trouble for you, but for the other side. When the judge tells you to sit down while the other side gets questioned, it’s usually because the judge understands your argument and is likely going to adopt it, and so the judge is either questioning the opposing side to give it more rope to hang itself with, or being extra careful to ensure that the other sides argument has been thoroughly analyzed before the judge rules in your favor.
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