Careers Courtroom and Courthouse Legal


Career description:

judge is an appointed or elected magistrate who presides over court proceedings. Judges rule on questions of law, act as a referee between the litigating parties, and render decisions in legal disputes.

What it’s like:

Common duties:

  • Hear allegations of the prosecuting and defending parties
  • Listen to witness testimony
  • Rule on the admissibility of evidence
  • Inform defendants of their rights
  • Instruct the jury
  • Question witnesses
  • Rule on motions presented by counsel
  • In criminal court, determine the guilt or innocence of criminal defendants and impose sentences on defendants found guilty
  • In civil cases, determine liability or damages

Similar occupations:

Circuit Court Judge, Circuit Judge, County Judge, Court of Appeals Judge, District Court Judge, Judge, Justice of the Peace, Magisterial District Judge, Magistrate, Superior Court Judge