In civil lawsuits, we do these things known as “depositions.” We depose a witness with no judge present. The depositions usually occur in lawyer’s offices, but they can take place anywhere. The two warring sides meet up and the only brake on poor behavior are social norms. In a deposition in Las Vegas, a lawyer

Judges are usually very polite in the courtroom.  A few are cantakerous and pushy.  A very small percentage are outright abusive and tyrannical.  US District Judge McBryde in Ft. Worth is notorious for issues.  He was suspended from "judging" in 1996 for a year by the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals.  An unheard of sanction