When a suit is filed, the court and judge assigned to the case is set in
stone. Judges are reelected every 4 years and may be replaced by a newly
elected judge. In extremely rare situations, a judge may be found to have
such a severe conflict of interest or bias that the case can be moved
to another court. The better approach to avoid the uncertainty of a judge’s
decision is to make the best agreement for settlement that is possible.