Petitioner's Request for Writ of Prohibbition Granted Because of Delayed Ruling by Trial Judge In Child Support Action

In Anderson v. Glass, 727 So. 2d 1147 (Fla. 5th DCA 1999), the petitioner filed a motion to disqualify the trial judge in a child support action. The trial judge considered the matter for more than thirty days before entering an ordering denying the motion. The Fifth District granted the petitioner's request for a writ of prohibition, finding that rule 2.160(f) required a trial judge to rule upon such motions "without delay." The court reasoned that "[t]he rule recognizes that prompt rulings promote public confidence in the impartiality of the trial judge while delayed rulings not only slow the litigation process but call into question the trial judges motives." Id. at 1147.