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What makes a good judge?

What makes a good judge?

Is it being impartial, unprejudiced and analytical?
Is it being old and experienced?
Is it the ability to use the practical wisdom Barry Schwartz mentions?
Is it concentrating on justice rather than on conflicts of interests?

Is it a combination? What do you think?

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    May 17 2013: In that sense a "good" judge would be someone who can blindly apply laws as evil as the spirit of the laws might be. So it is a matter of perspective. Many of us have been taught that, at least in many "western" style democracies, the judiciary is independent. Superficially this might be so. But almost invariably judges come from a privileged stratum of the concerned society. Career judges are very rarely fair in an absolute sense since intuitively they will defend the order that has promoted them. Consider the pecking order.

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