Judges - Judges magistrates and other judicial workers...

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Judges, magistrates, and other judicial workers apply the law and oversee the legal process in courts. They preside over cases concerning every aspect of society, from traffic offenses to disputes over the management of professional sports to issues concerning the rights of huge corporations. All judicial workers must ensure that trials and hearings are conducted fairly and that the court safeguards the legal rights of all parties involved. The most visible responsibility of judges is presiding over trials or hearings and listening as attorneys represent their clients. Judges rule on the admissibility of evidence and the methods of conducting testimony and they may be called on to settle disputes between opposing attorneys. Also, they ensure that rules and procedures are followed, and if unusual circumstances arise for which standard procedures have not been established, judges interpret the law to determine how the trial will proceed. (Statistics, 2007) Bad judges are fairly easy to recognize. They are prejudiced or oppressive, hateful or corrupt. Some of them appear unable or unwilling to perform the duties of their office. They may sleep during trials (e.g., Reeves, 1997) or act bizarrely, such as the judge who signed court papers “Adolf Hitler” and threw firecrackers into his colleagues’ offices (Bedlan, 1998). They may use their offices to line their pocketbooks with bribes (e.g., Two ex-judges, 1996), or they may wage private wars against individuals they dislike (e.g., McQuiston, 1996). Some of them use the sentence of jail illegally, such as the judge who repeatedly jailed poor workers until they made payments on their debts, although this use of incarceration is illegal in the United States (Dillon, 2000). Other bad judges put their needs before the needs of society or the defendants appearing before them. They are a generally despicable class of individuals whose decisions appear to be
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This note was uploaded on 08/09/2008 for the course HIST 101 taught by Professor Fayeking during the Spring '08 term at Adelphi.

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