Judge Job Description
A judge is a senior court officer, who is appointed or elected to supervise court trials, instruct juries, and pronounce sentencing in a law court. Judges are responsible for hearing and deciding cases in a court of law, which may be a local, state or federal court.
Judges research laws and case histories relevant to the case before them and carefully consider and analyze evidence of witnesses and the arguments of lawyers to make sound judgments. They should be good listeners, sympathetic, humble, logical and objective, and have good knowledge of the law. They should also have moral courage to pass the right sentencing to convicted people without fear and intimidation.
What does a Judge do?
Judges may do some or all of the following:
- carry out legal research
- issue search warrants, arrest warrants and restraining orders
- manage court cases and preside over court proceedings
- listen to the evidence of witnesses and the arguments of lawyers
- apply relevant laws to make judgments
- pronounce sentencing on people who are convicted
- sit on tribunals to help solve disputes
- instruct the jury on the appropriate legal principle to be used in determining the case
Where does a Judge work?
Judges usually work normal office hours, but may sometimes work additional hours when performing legal research. They work in offices and courtrooms.
What is Required to Become a Judge ?
Many judges are appointed to the position after many years working as a lawyer or a professor of law.
Knowledge, Skills and Attributes
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