Angelina-Jolie: Why I Removed Private-Judge

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Angelina-Jolie: Why I Remove Private-Judge
Angelina-Jolie: Why I Remove Private-Judge

Angelina-Jolie: Why I Removed Private-Judge

Angelina Jolie is seeking the removal of the private judge in her and Brad Pitt’s divorce case.

The ‘Maleficent: Mistress of Evil’ actress wants to see Judge John W. Ouderkirk, the judge overseeing her divorce case, disqualified from the proceedings, because she claims he failed to disclose his business relationships with one of her ex-husband Brad Pitt’s attorneys.

According to documents filed with the Los Angeles Superior Court, Angelina argues the judge should be taken off the divorce case that she filed in 2016 because he was too late and not forthcoming enough about other cases he was hired for involving Brad’s attorney Anne C. Kiley.

Angelina-Jolie: Why I Removed Private-Judge

The documents state that during their divorce proceedings, the judge has “failed to disclose the cases that demonstrated the current, ongoing, repeat-customer relationship between the judge and Respondent’s counsel“.

Papers filed by Angelina go on to say that Brad’s attorney “actively advocated for Judge Ouderkirk’s financial interests in moving – over the opposing party’s opposition – to have his appointment (and his ability to still receive fees) extended during a status case”.

Angelina and Brad opted to pay for a private judge in their divorce case in order to keep the details of their divorce out of the public domain, although some legal moves must still be made within standard court procedure.

Angelina-Jolie: Why I Removed Private-Judge

The 45-year-old actress emphasised in her filing that a private judge must follow the same rules of disclosure and conflict of interest that other judges must.

Documents report “it’s not an issue if Judge Ouderkirk is really sentimental. Under California law disqualification is required goodbye as an individual conscious of the facts ‘might reasonably entertain a doubt’ about Judge Ouderkirk’s ability to stay impartial”.

Angelina and Brad – who were in a relationship for a decade before they got married in 2014 and have six children together – were declared legally divorced in April 2019, but parts of their case remain unresolved.

Angelina-Jolie: Why I Removed Private-Judge

Due to their private case it is not known what elements have not yet reached a conclusion, but it is thought there could be a dispute about child support payments.

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