who gives power to a magistrate-judge? the voters? what limits his-her power?
Posted on 2008-10-17
We have a magistrate and I've spoken to him twice over the years about legal issues that did not involve my current landlord. He seemed to have an ego whose foundation was "power"
I've heard he is pro-landlord which might suggest tenants have little hope in his court.
1. I assume he was elected to office by the residents on the county?
2. What are his power limitations?
3. Can he make a decision based on his personal opinion?
4. Can he make a decision based on his personal beliefs?
5. What about his "incorrect' interpretation of the law?
I know there must be an appeal process, but even in national media court and jury trials jwe've been forced into our homes by the media, judges have made "shocking" decisions.
6. Why can they make any ruling they want?
A poor evicted tenant who is lucky to get a hearing at all, might not able to have a lawyer or be able to appeal so a unreasonable judges's decision could affect that person's future life in negative ways.
7. Who regulates a judge's power or is their power unlimited?