OCCUPATION THESAURUS

JUDGE



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HELPFUL TIP:

How your character makes a living is an important decision. After all, there’s probably a good reason why they chose this career. Think about how they pull on certain talents and skills, have positive or negative traits, and adhere to a specific work ethic to excel. Sometimes characters choose an occupation because of how they were raised, something they experienced, or even an emotional wound, so consider how all of these things will show readers who they are deep down, and why they do what they do.
OVERVIEW:
The roles of a judge vary widely depending on his or her jurisdiction. Regardless of the location and the type of work they do, their duties may include the following: listening to arguments and analyzing documents to determine whether cases deserve to go to trial, presiding over jury selection and providing jurors with instructions, overseeing court proceedings, ensuring proper legal procedures are followed, examining evidence and deciding if it is legal and proper, researching legal issues and applying the law to reach judgments, imposing penalties on those found guilty, negotiating and resolving administrative disputes, rendering decisions in legal disputes, granting search and arrest warrants, setting bail or release terms, performing marriage ceremonies, and issuing marriage licenses.

NECESSARY TRAINING:
Because legal experience is usually required, most judges earn a law degree and practice for a number of years as a lawyer. While they are becoming familiar with the law and how the judicial system works, they will also be building a reputation and networking with influential people, since judges must be elected or appointed to their positions. Continuing education will be important throughout a judge's career, so they can stay abreast of changes in the law and courtroom proceedings.

USEFUL SKILLS, TALENTS, OR ABILITIES:

HELPFUL POSITIVE TRAITS:
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EMOTIONAL WOUNDS THAT MAY HAVE FACTORED INTO THIS OCCUPATION CHOICE:
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SOURCES OF FRICTION:
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PEOPLE THEY MIGHT INTERACT WITH:
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HOW THIS OCCUPATION MIGHT IMPACT ONE'S BASIC NEEDS:
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COMMON WORK-RELATED SETTINGS:
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TWISTING THE STEREOTYPE:
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REASONS THE CHARACTER MAY HAVE BEEN DRAWN TO THIS PROFESSION:
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