judicial officer

Doc's CJ Glossary by Adam J. McKee
Course: Introduction

A judicial officer is a person who has the legal authority to preside over judicial proceedings, make legal decisions, and administer justice.

This term can refer to various positions within the legal system, including judges, magistrates, referees, commissioners, and hearing officers.

Judicial officers are responsible for interpreting and applying the law to the cases before them and ensuring that justice is served. They may preside over civil, criminal, or administrative cases, and their decisions can have far-reaching consequences for the parties involved.

Judicial officers are typically appointed or elected to their positions and must have a high degree of legal knowledge and experience. They must also be impartial and objective and must be committed to upholding the principles of fairness, equality, and the rule of law.

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Last Modified: 03/09/2023


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