I just found out that the local family court judge broke his leg, and took early retirement. I live in a sleepy little beach town with just one family court judge. So now there is some rookie judge that has become the family court judge. All the time I spent sucking up to the previous judge now seems to be wasted.
It is a little funny that we had a trial 3 months ago that focussed entirely on safety, and now the judge and I both have broken legs! Somebody might say that it was the blind leading the blind!
On the positive side, a rookie judge is likely to be very conscientious and trying to follow the laws and rules. I think that he is just an acting judge, and probably wants to be promoted to being a regular judge.