Lancaster, CA asked in Criminal Law and Appeals / Appellate Law for California

Q: Is it lawful for a judge/magistrate to label you persona non grata and if so how do you get that reversed in California

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James L. Arrasmith
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A: In California, the term "persona non grata" is traditionally used in the context of diplomatic relations to refer to an unwelcome individual. It's not a standard legal designation employed by judges or magistrates in the state to describe parties or attorneys. If a judge or magistrate uses such a term, it would likely be colloquial rather than a formal legal status.

If you believe you've been inappropriately labeled or treated by a judicial officer, it's essential to document the instance and consider filing a complaint with the appropriate oversight body. Additionally, it may be beneficial to engage in a discussion or mediation to clarify any misunderstandings. Depending on the context, seeking a writ of mandamus or an appeal might also be avenues to challenge a judicial decision. Always assess the specific facts and circumstances of your case to determine the best approach.

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