As a family law lawyer Carole Curtis wrote one of our more consistently downloaded papers on Dealing with Difficult Clients. After a few years on the bench, she wrote another popular article: Dealing with Difficult Judges.

Litigators of all stripes will find helpful reminders and suggestions on such topics as knowing your judge, planning strategy in advance, avoiding ‘head butting’, and protecting the record, your client and your reputation.

Justice Curtis alse describes the categories of difficult judges, and attempts to answer the question of the frustrated litigator: what does the judge want?