On Judges and Judging Judges

Judging is one of the most difficult of human activities. A judge needs knowledge and wisdom. Knowledge comes with study and wisdom sometimes comes with experience. Judges have to understand the culture of the place where they judge and work within that culture, but they must also understand the prejudices and ignorance of the culture and be independent enough to ignore those features of the culture. Judges must also be aware that for many cases there is a political agenda; they must ignore that agenda and apply the law, having first sifted through the evidence to discover the facts. Continue reading