Aren't fairness and impartiality the most important traits for a judge?

Thu, 08/02/2012 - 16:51 -- lwheeler

Without question, fairness and impartiality are the first qualities we should expect all our judges to strive for. Rating fairness - even defining fairness - is virtually impossible, however. Every judge would claim to be fair and impartial in every case, but still we have split decisions in which judges disagree. Where the controlling law is susceptible to consciously or not, to look to another guide to help them form their individual opinions or votes on the case - and this other guide, finally, will be their own beliefs and philosophy about judging and liability. Voters and other selectors of judges are entitled to know the pattern of each judge's rulings.