You are prohibited from all private, or ex parte, communication with the Judge to whom your case is assigned. Ex parte communication occurs when one of the parties to a lawsuit, or when that party's attorney, exchanges information with the assigned Judge without the opposing party, or his or her attorney, being present or without the knowledge and consent of the opposing party or his or her attorney. Because of this prohibition, a judge will refuse, with very few exceptions, to speak or otherwise communicate ex parte with any party, or that party's attorney, to a case that is assigned to that Judge.

Any communication between the assigned Judge and a litigant must be in writing, and a copy of the communication must be sent either to the opposing party or that party's attorney. For example, a party appearing pro se must send to the opposing party, or that party's attorney, a copy of any document sent to the court. Moreover, the document must include a certificate of service indicating that a copy has been sent to the opposing party, or the opposing party's attorney.