Bloomberg Law
Nov. 15, 2018, 5:49 PM

Facebook Friendship Alone Can’t Disqualify Florida Judge

Jennifer Bennett
Associate Legal Editor

A Florida trial judge’s Facebook friendship with opposing counsel isn’t enough by itself to disqualify the judge from hearing a case.

Florida-based Law Offices of Herssein and Herssein P.A. can’t get a trial judge disqualified solely because the judge is Facebook “friends” with a potential party’s lawyer, the Florida Supreme Court said Nov. 15 in a divided opinion. It’s an issue that has divided the Florida appellate courts.

Disqualification is appropriate where Florida litigants fear they won’t get a fair trial because of judicial prejudice, the court said. Motions are legally sufficient when the facts alleged, if true, would make ...

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