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A View From Behind the Bench

The view from behind the bench is decidedly different than from in front of it. Sitting as a pro tem judge (which I had the opportunity to do today) presents an interesting perspective - how a judge looks at both sides of a case. There’s quite a difference than advocating one side of a case.

As a judge, you look dispassionately at both sides of the case before forming an opinion about the possible outcome. As a lawyer, advocating one position requires you to counter and discount the other side’s argument. The judge's view is subtly different. As a judge, you have to evaluate which side is believable, which side has the more solid evidence, and what fairness dictates. You can, and must, ignore some of those things as a lawyer to advocate your client’s case.

Lawyers that can evaluate believability, evidence and fairness give their clients an edge, because they tend to look at the end result of the case. That lawyer can also give you better advice about the ultimate outcome of your case. Clients can accomplish the same thing by stepping back and listening - really listening - to the other lawyer. That’s what the judge and the jury have to do.

Printer friendly page Permalink Email to a friend Posted by J. Craig Williams on Thursday, August 07, 2003 at 13:33 Comments Closed (0) |
 
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