An order of a judge refusing to disqualify himself/herself is ordinarily an interlocutory decision is not directly appealable in the absence of a statute providing for appealability of an interlocutory decision of the kind involved.[i]
Generally, an order either disqualifying or refusing to disqualify a law firm is not appealable.[ii] However, an order is final and appealable when it disqualifies a law firm which has represented a defendant during the trial from continuing its representation during an appeal, due to a conflict created when an attorney who represented the plaintiff joins the firm.[iii] Orders denying motions to disqualify opposing counsel merely administer the course of litigation, and are thus are interlocutory and nonappealable.[iv] If the granting of a motion to disqualify counsel has immediate and irreparable consequences for both the disqualified attorney and the individual who hired the attorney, it may be appealable.[v]
[i] Wilson v. Loustalot, 85 Cal. App. 2d 316, 193 P.2d 127 (4th Dist. 1948).
[ii] Matter of Devlieg, Inc., 56 F.3d 32 (7th Cir. 1995).
[iii]Kala v. Aluminum Smelting & Ref. Co., 81 Ohio St. 3d 1 (Ohio 1998)
[iv]Arney v. Finney, 967 F.2d 418, 23 Fed. R. Serv. 3d 174 (10th Cir. 1992);
[v] Travco Hotels, Inc. v. Piedmont Natural Gas Co., Inc., 332 N.C. 288, 420 S.E.2d 426 (1992).