Does a judge contact a client if a law firm is filing to remove themselves from a case?
A judge is not allowed to communicate with a represented party privately with that party or even with that party’s attorney. So if that represented party’s attorney(s) move(s), to withdraw as that party’s counsel, that party is still represented until the motion for permission to withdraw is granted. That fact prevents the judge from communicating with that party or that party’s attorney directly.
Generally speaking, if a party is proceeding pro se (i.e., representing himself/herself and is not being represented by a lawyer), a judge can communicate with that party, but not without ensuring that the other party (or other party’s attorney, if the party is represented by an attorney) is at least notified of the communication or preferably taking part in the communication at the same time with the judge and the party with whom the judge initiated communication.
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