Reflective Journal

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March 1, 2013

The role I expect to hold in the near future would be a Federal Judge. Judges should strive to conduct themselves with integrity so as to sustain and enhance public confidence in the judiciary. Judges should make every effort to ensure that their conduct is above reproach in the view of reasonable, fair minded and informed persons. Judges, in addition to observing this high standard personally, should encourage and support it observance by their judicial colleagues. Judges, of course, have private lives and should enjoy, as much as possible, the rights and freedoms of citizens generally. Neither the judge’s personal development nor the public interest is well served if judges are unduly isolated from the communities they serve. Judicial fact-finding, an important part of a judge’s work, calls for the evaluation of evidence in light of common sense and experience. Therefore, judges should, to the extent consistent with their special role, remain closely in touch with the public. Many factors, including unfair or uninformed criticism, or simple misunderstanding of the judicial role, can adversely influence public confidence in and respect for the judiciary. Another factor which is capable of undermining public respect and confidence is any conduct of judges, in and out of court demonstrating a lack of integrity. Judges should, therefore, strive to conduct themselves in a way that will sustain and contribute to public respect and confidence in their integrity, impartiality and good judgment. Federal Judges abide by the code of Conduct for United States Judges, a set of ethical principles and guidelines adopted by the Judicial Conference of The United States.
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