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Of course not. It would destroy objectivity. Once a case is over, it may be permissible, but even then a wise person would wait for a period of time. * It depends upon how the term "relationship" is defined. Depending upon the size of the municipality and the type of court involved it is not unusual for judges to interact with attorneys outside the courtroom. This does not mean a conflict of interest would occur when a judge presides over a case where he or she is familiar with one or both attorneys. It is however, improper and illegal for a judge to meet with either of the attorneys to discuss an active case unless opposing counsel is present. On the other side, if a judge is acquainted with the plaintiff or defendant, the rules of professional conduct and the law, requires he or she excuse themselves from the case to avoid the appearance of being prejudicial.

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