Tuesday, January 18, 2011

What does the Judge Think of your Petty Arguments?

One Judge in Canada may have gone too far in admitting what he really thinks. A recent Time article highlights the lengthy decision of a family-court Judge in Ontario who called out a particularly vindictive couple for their abhorrent behavior. Although the decision was probably well-deserved the Judge may have let his frustration with the couple distract from the typical judicial demeanor.

Just because other Judges don't typically write decisions so bluntly, doesn't mean they don't have the same thoughts about some of their cases. In fact, having been involved in a number of cases which included unnecessarily petty behavior by the litigants I am sure the Judges in those instances wished they could write a decision like this.

If common sense doesn't make you stop your vindictive or angry responses in a divorce case, then at least try to remember that the Judge will hear about this behavior and it can only hurt your chances of convincing the Judge of the merits of your case.

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