25 Apr
2019

The ability of a judge to remain neutral through out a court proceeding and final ruling is essential to ensuring that the parties are treated fairly; however, neutrality is also important to the equal protection of the law for the parties involved in a court case. When judges let their biases influence their decisions and rulings, it’s easy for the rule of law to not be applied equitably and fairly to each side.
While judges will certainly come into a case with their own opinions regarding specific laws. A judge will gain a great deal of knowledge about the laws of this country as well as legal procedures from various resources that are outside of the realm of the courtroom. So, it’s only natural that they will have their own opinions, but it is in how the law is applied that will ensure neutrality as well as determine whether the parties in a case are getting a fair and unbiased hearing.
While most parties in a court case will want a lawyer to represent them, a judge should still be willing to treat all parties equally without showing clear bias towards one side or the other. This is not only an essential part of providing a fair hearing for every person, but it is at the very cornerstone of our legal system. Judges who let their own biases affect a case can cause insurmountable harm to the wronged party, making it difficult for them to get a fair hearing.
Every American has the right to have their basic liberties protected under the law, and judges play a key role in ensuring this liberty. The United States is governed by a constitutional democracy, which provides various constitutional rights and protections to each citizen. In order to protect these constitutional principles, judges must be able to remain neutral. There are three points to the rule of law in the US; these points include the important fact that each person is entitled to have their basic liberties and human rights protected. Also, the government must be bound by the laws of the country, and every person must be treated equally.
To defend these import values is one of the main reasons why judges should be neutral. It is imperative that judges not only avoid any perception of not adhering to or not protecting these values, but in reality they must also not be doing anything that interferes with these principles. In order to maintain neutrality, judges must not be swayed by personal biases or improper influences in a case in which they have oversight.
Another way in which judges need to ensure that they remain neutral is when it comes to their political leanings. Their personal politics should have no place in the courtroom. When standing before a judge, every individual deserves to be treated fairly and equally. A judge must be able to set aside his or her own personal beliefs and hear a case on its own merit. The case must then be judged not only on what has been presented, but how these factors apply under the law.
A judge must not only be fair, but they must also be able to remain detached from their political leanings as well as the most popular opinions of the people and culture. Also, to maintain neutrality a judge must have independence and a commitment to fair and equitable treatment of each party in the case. Their independence must be based on their ability to decide a case based solely on the facts and the law.

Evelyn Thornton

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