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Argued March 25, 2009

Before REID and GLICKMAN, Associate Judges,and FARRELL, Senior Judge.

Appellant D.M. and his friend J.R., two juveniles, were charged jointly with arson*fn1 and felony destruction of property.*fn2 They were slated to be tried together. The morning of the hearing, though, the government dropped the charges against J.R. in exchange for his testimony against appellant. Not having any other reason to detain J.R., the trial judge held a brief hearing to review his status and to release him from pretrial custody. The judge then proceeded with appellant’s delinquency trial, in which J.R. was the key witness against him, and found him involved in the charged offenses. Appellant’s primary claim on appeal is that, by considering and discussing J.R.’s situation, the judge violated ethical canons that prohibit ex parte communications and require recusal when there exists an appearance of partiality on the judge’s part. We disagree, and as we find appellant’s other claims of error to be meritless, we affirm his delinquency adjudication.

 
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