Criminal Justice 500
November 30, 2014
Honorable Scott W. Naus Instructor
Judges are the most prestigious members of the court system, but they are faced with challenges that reflect upon there ethics, and faithfulness to the people they serve. Often judges make careless misstates and forget that they are appointed or voted in by the public. Therefore some judges have been removed from the bench due to their behavior that includes, sexual allegations, taking cash, making racist and sexist comments, and lying to a grand jury just to name a few. Voters elect some judges, governors or the president of the United States appoints some and others are appointed through a merit selection.
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A designated judge may have a sounder relationship with public than an assigned judge because they are determined to earn the support and votes of the community and also because of the open speech protections (Jefferson, 2010). “This development may give voice to the view that judges improperly engage in policy debates that should remain the province of the legislature and other elected officials” (Jefferson, 2010). Because of the broad speech protections judges can now take part discussions that political and still have purpose which may give way to resources within the court to be increased, to protect those who face risky access to justice. After reading these articles they suggest that there is much room for improvement within our judicial system. Also after reading American courts I have begin to form my on opinion on judges. Judges are serving the people and some are taking advantage of the authority that a judge may have. The process of removing or disciplining unfit judges must strike a balance between judicial accountability and judicial independence, but they must also grapple with the wide range of misbehavior. After the campaign, elections and speaking to many individuals and making promises, judge still must serve the people. The compassion to serve the people and the ability to do so with Godly