Administration of Justice Bulletin

One Trial Judge Overruling Another

Friday, July 1, 2011

It is commonly believed that one trial judge may not overrule another. The rule is more complicated than this simple phrase implies. Judges often consider matters previously reviewed by another judge, especially in superior court where regular rotation of judges is the norm. Generally, one trial judge should not change the legal ruling of another judge. This bulletin explains when modification of another judge’s order is allowed and when it is not. This bulletin updates Administration of Justice Bulletin #2008/02.

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