Recruitment of judges should always be fair and must not be biased according to gender, race or ethnicity. Every judicial candidate needs to have a specific set of skills in order to be considered suitable for the job at hand. Here are a few of these skills.
Legal education and experience
In order to be a judge, you require the necessary education. You need to have gone to law school and are a member of the bar. Legal experience is also a must. It helps if you have been actively participating in bar activities.
The ability to effectively communicate with others is paramount. Judges need to be able to speak clearly and concisely and also to listen. This comes in court when presiding over cases. It also helps out of court when dealing with lawyers and your fellow colleagues.
Good conduct and Ethics
A judge should have a spotless reputation not only among his or her colleagues but also in the community as a whole. Good judges should have a code of conduct that stands out. Their conduct should be above and beyond what is expected of them.
They should strictly abide by the code of ethics.
Good physical and mental health
Constant fatigue or tardiness is unacceptable in a judge. These are warning signs. A judge should be physically able to handle all the vigorous activities associated with the job. Mental health is also highly important. Any evidence of erratic behavior, chronic depression or any mental illness exempts you from being a good judge.
Ability to handle pressure
A big part of what is expected from a judge is the ability to stay calm and navigate high pressure situations. During court proceedings, volatile situations may present themselves and falling apart is not an option.
As a good judge, you should be able to diffuse these situations while remaining calm, composed and impartial. The ability to handle pressure also comes in handy when dealing with the workload associated with this role.
The paper work itself needs diligent attending to. Slacking is not tolerated. Those who are easily overwhelmed will not be suitable for this job.
This quality helps a judge to be able to control a court room. Without a firm judge, things can get quickly out of hand. Lawyers may start interrupting each other, defendants may start talking over witnesses and who knows what else may take place.
Soon enough the court room will descend into chaos. A firm judge is able to maintain his authority in a court while remaining compassionate and fair.