The complainant felt that the judge involved in this case was biased and acted as a lawyer because the opposing counsel was not prepared.

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The complainant felt that the judge involved in this case was biased and acted as a lawyer because the opposing counsel was not prepared. This caused the complainant to feel like they were responding to two lawyers instead of just one. Another issue brought up by the complainant was that the judge allowed for a brief break which seemingly allowed the opposing counsel the opportunity to build on their case.

The complainant was advised that the Council investigates complaints regarding judicial members, not lawyers. As it seemed like the opposing counsel was not fully prepared and since it was a family matters case, the judge has the right to intervene where necessary when it is the interest of the child at stake. The judge holds the right to ensure that both parties have provided sufficient information to make an informed decision on the outcome of the case.

As this complaint was involving a member of the Council, the matter was also reviewed by outside counsel where it was determined it did not require additional consideration. The matter was closed.

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