How to Become a Judge

Judge Job Description

Judges are responsible for arbitrating disputes of a legal nature, as well as advising counsel, jury, litigants, and court personnel. They ensure that hearings and trials are conducted in a fair manner, and ensure the proper rules and procedures of the court are followed.



Judge Job Duties

  • Establish rules of procedure on questions for which there are no standard procedures
  • Determine the sufficiency of the allegations made by a plaintiff in a civil suit
  • Examine the evidence pertaining to criminal charges in order to determine if it will support the charges
  • Settle disputes among opposing attorneys
  • Listen to presentations of case
  • Rule on admissibility of evidence and methods of conducting testimony
  • Sentence defendant in criminal cases, on conviction by jury, according to statutes of regional or federal government
  • Award judicial relief to litigants in civil cases in relation to findings by jury or by court
  • Instruct jury on applicable law
  • Direct jury to deduce facts from evidence presented





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