Judges Crack Under Pressure

Overloaded dockets, stagnant pay and amateur litigants are blamed for blow-ups.

, The National Law Journal


Some legal experts argue that the intense pressures placed on judges these days are ­stoking flared tempers. Overloaded dockets and stagnant pay are just part of the problem.

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  • Rich

    As a president, people who are abusive and aggressive towards others have always been prosecuted and reprimanded respectively. Most jobs these these days comes with some sort or level or stress. Take a police officer for instant, his job is filled with dealing with raging lunatics on a daily basis. What if he constantly loses his cool? What if he decides to take the law into his own hands because "there is a backlog" of motorists to prosecute?

    Judges are held to a higher standard and it is because of complacency that those who disrespect the people they serve (lawyers, clerks, court attendees) should be responsible and pay for their actions. There should be a count-down fault system where they should be asked or forced to leave the bench after so many proven complaints against them. Resign or retire if your patience has worn out.

    If a lawyer is found to be default; unethical or unlawful practice, he is reprimanded or disbarred. Some people (judges) are slapped on the wrist and sent back into the ring to do the same thing over again. Take for instant Missouri's circuit court Judge Barbara Peebles, she gave her clerk authority to "try" cases why she was in China on vacation. She sent(ruled on ) hundreds of cases in the wrong direction without even looking at the files, yet she was fined a couple months pay (suspended from the bench for a few months). How is fair to the public. I'm addition to that, she disrespected, dismissed, and threw out complaints from a public defender (who now still have go before her). Tell me what's new?

    So blame those who are in the position to take these people out of their positions. In the meantime we will suffer from the blatant disregard for ethics and ethical behavior in the court room and in the legal field after all. The irony is that these are the leaders who we depend on to ensure a safe society, yet criminals are being tried by people who behave not much better than they do. The only difference is where in the court room they are seated.

  • RobGinChicago

    Break out the tiny violins. Many attorneys are also experiencing decreasing ("stagnant" would be a blessing) salaries/income and increasing workloads as law firms are shedding staff and increasing workloads, expecting the existing staff to be glad that they have a place to come to work each morning. Attorneys in private paractice increasingly face angry, demanding, non-paying/slow-paying clients, who feel entitled to vent because "you work for me, so I can say anything I want". Attorneys in private practice, however, don't have the black robes of authority, and we must buck it up, or lose business or face dismissal. Judges can buck it up too, but some who lose control choose to let their privilege and authority go to their heads

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