Tasks and duties

  • Presiding over trials and hearings
  • Interpreting and enforcing rules of procedure and making rulings regarding the admissibility of evidence
  • Determining the rights and obligations of the parties involved, and in cases tried by jury
  • Instructing the jury on points of law that are applicable to the case
  • Weighing and considering evidence in non-jury trials and deciding legal guilt or innocence or degree of liability of the accused or defendant
  • Passing sentence on persons convicted in criminal cases, determining damages or other appropriate remedy in civil cases and issuing court orders
  • Researching legal issues and writing opinions on the issues

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    Skill level

    Highly skilled