Reaction Paper for Court Experience
I visited the District Court arraignment section (D11) in Central Islip. This was my first time in a courtroom, so I did not know what to expect. When I first sat down the judge was not present, and I was not paying special attention until I noticed the whole court room standing in his presence and so I hurriedly buckled my self off the bench so as not to be kicked out. I knew that judges receive a higher level of respect but the seriousness of it was not apparent to me until then. Furthermore, whenever I watch television shows with a court scene they always address the judge as "Your Honor", and I thought that they kept repeating that before or after everything said to the judge, just to establish the idea to the audience that judges are superior to the common folk and thus they deserve a title for entertainment purposes to strengthen the film. However I did not realize that in reality, the Hollywood depiction of judges is ideally what is represented in the court. They portray a godlike image, wherein in their presence, one is reluctant to go against what they demand, as it seems as if they hold the freedom of each defendant in their hand. I also observed the judge's attitude towards the defendants. I noticed that whenever he was speaking to the defendants he never looked at them, not when informing them of their rights or about the bail; it was as if the judge was talking about a defendant but not to the defendant. This attitude also factored into me considering them as godlike because it seemed as if they had some inhumane prestige so they do not feel the need to look directly at the person when speaking to them, even though they know they are addressing some very serious issues with the defendants. At the same time, this could be just that judge that acts in that manner or maybe they choose to not look at the defendants because they do not want the defendants to feel as if they are "looking down on them", but my...
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