CJS 220 - Assignment Judges

CJS 220 - Assignment Judges - J udges perform a variety of...

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Judges perform a variety of duties and responsibilities both in the public and out of view. Judges are umpires during trial, at which times they are expected to be neutral and to limit interventions to those that do not show favoritism for either side. They must use discretion to evaluate how the law applies to each case and provide direction for all aspects of the trial. Judges may even be active in the plea bargaining process by discussing the evidence of the case, the charges that will be involved and the proposed sentence. On some instances judges do draft legal opinions explaining the reasons for their decisions. They also rule on legal motions and sign warrants. Lower court judges may offer advice to law enforcement officers on how to draw up warrants. Judges may provide guidance, at the conclusion of the case, to victims, defendants and attorneys providing the decision of the case is not jeopardized. Judges also make sure that jurors and witnesses are treated fairly and politely. Judges act as the administrators of their dockets including overseeing the scheduling of cases, pretrial motions, continuances and other timing issues. They also oversee the tracking of legal documents and the supervision of court staff.
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