We live in a small town. The main judge of the town is very commonly known and has a lot of family in this town. A relative of the judges commited a crime, and was arrested. When the court date came up all the parties except the offender was in court. The offender being the nephew of the judge. When his name was called the judge simply said ''Oh that is on my desk''. My question Is this allowed? Can the judge, being a family member actually act on this case?