Quotes and Sayings about Judges



"I really try at least to come back and answer the question as to whether that was really the best way to do that and was I really thinking straight and how did my opponents behave and how did the judges behave was needed."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: Judges, Opponents, Question, Thinking)

"It has something to do with the facts and the law and who the judges are. So I think lawyers sometimes exaggerate their role in winning and losing. Lawyers do have a role, and a major role, but they're not the only players in this game."
- Floyd Abrams
(Related: Winning, Facts, Judges, Law, Lawyers, Losing)

"I also read modern novels - I have just had to read 60 as I am one of the judges for the Orange Fiction Prize."
- Kate Adie
(Related: Fiction, Judges)

"We're all the harshest judges of ourselves."
- Susan Anton
(Related: Judges)

"In Italy the censor is very old and there are many judges and psychiatrists who analyse you."
- Dario Argento
(Related: Italy, Judges, Old)

"Judges must beware of hard constructions and strained inferences, for there is no worse torture than that of laws."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Judges, Laws)

"Judges ought to be more leaned than witty, more reverent than plausible, and more advised than confident. Above all things, integrity is their portion and proper virtue."
- Francis Bacon
(Related: Virtue, Integrity, Judges, Witty)

"Judges don't age; time decorates them."
- Enid Bagnold
(Related: Time, Age, Judges)

"Bush wasn't elected, he was selected - selected by five judges up in Washington who voted along party lines."
- Alec Baldwin
(Related: Judges, Party, Washington)

"The more one judges, the less one loves."
- Honore de Balzac
(Related: Judges)

"All of my judges will want to welcome every child into the world, give them a place at the table."
- Gary Bauer
(Related: Judges, Want, Will, World)

"Men of genius are not quick judges of character. Deep thinking and high imagining blunt that trivial instinct by which you and I size people up."
- Max Beerbohm
(Related: Men, Genius, People, Character, Deep, Instinct, Judges, Quick, Thinking)

"Trial. A formal inquiry designed to prove and put upon record the blameless characters of judges, advocates and jurors."
- Ambrose Bierce
(Related: Judges)

"Our Constitution was not written in the sands to be washed away by each wave of new judges blown in by each successive political wind."
- Hugo Black
(Related: Constitution, Judges, Wind)

"While 45 of the 50 States have either a State constitutional amendment or a statute that preserves the current definition of marriage, left-wing activist judges and officials at the local levels have struck down State laws protecting marriage."
- John Boehner
(Related: Marriage, Judges, Laws, State, states)

"God's truth judges created things out of love, and Satan's truth judges them out of envy and hatred."
- Dietrich Bonhoeffer
(Related: God, Love, Truth, Envy, Hatred, Judges, Satan)

"Those who made and endorsed our Constitution knew man's nature, and it is to their ideas, rather than to the temptations of utopia, that we must ask that our judges adhere."
- Robert Bork
(Related: Nature, Ideas, Constitution, Judges, Man, Temptations, Utopia)

"We are selected, but I grew up in California and in San Francisco and there was a system of electing judges."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Judges)

"Judges are appointed often through the political process."
- Stephen Breyer
(Related: Judges)

"The world at large does not judge us by who we are and what we know; it judges us by what we have."
- Joyce Brothers
(Related: Judges, World)

"Unfortunately, what many people forget is that judges are just lawyers in robes."
- Tammy Bruce
(Related: People, Forget, Judges, Lawyers)

"We may have lured judges into roaming at large in the constitutional field."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Judges, May)

"Judges rule on the basis of law, not public opinion, and they should be totally indifferent to pressures of the times."
- Warren E. Burger
(Related: Judges, Law, Opinion, Public, Public opinion)

"Nevada's one of the most conservative states in the Union, but you can do what you want in Vegas and nobody judges you."
- Drew Carey
(Related: Conservative, Judges, states, Want)

"The liberals are fighting so hard whenever President Bush appoints any federal judges."
- Steve Chabot
(Related: Fighting, Judges, Liberals, President)

"The magistrates are the ministers for the laws, the judges their interpreters, the rest of us are servants of the law, that we all may be free."
- Marcus Tullius Cicero
(Related: Judges, Law, Laws, May, Rest)

"Human judges can show mercy. But against the laws of nature, there is no appeal."
- Arthur C. Clarke
(Related: Nature, Judges, Laws, Mercy)

"The president appoints the judges. Your lives and your children's lives can change by all of these appellate court judges who will be appointed who will reinterpret laws, and things can change."
- Johnnie Cochran
(Related: Change, Children, Court, Judges, Laws, President, Will)

"Let judges secretly despair of justice: their verdicts will be more acute. Let generals secretly despair of triumph; killing will be defamed. Let priests secretly despair of faith: their compassion will be true."
- Leonard Cohen
(Related: Compassion, Despair, Judges, Killing, Will)

"Violence against judges and threats of violence against Judges is on the rise and it is no laughing matter. When leaders attempt to rationalize this violence, it only makes the problem worse."
- John Conyers
(Related: Judges, Leaders, Violence)

"While teaching, I also worked undercover in the lower courts by saying I was a young law teacher wanting experience in criminal law. The judges were happy to assist me but what I learned was how corrupt the lower courts were. Judges were accepting money right in the courtroom."
- Samuel Dash
(Related: Experience, Money, Judges, Law, Right, Saying, Teaching)

"Judges must be free from political intervention or intimidation."
- Stockwell Day
(Related: Judges)

"Judges are the weakest link in our system of justice, and they are also the most protected."
- Alan Dershowitz
(Related: Judges, Justice)

"Judges need to restrict themselves to the proper resolution of the case before them. They need to avoid the temptation to set broad policy."
- Mike DeWine
(Related: Policy, Judges, Resolution, Temptation)

"Well, I'm not sure, but of one thing I am certain: History judges one differently than contemporary observers, and so I think that as time passes, I hope that not me personally so much, but our administration will be seen for some of the things that we accomplished."
- David Dinkins
(Related: History, Time, Hope, Judges, Will)

"There is no dispute that judges need a pay raise."
- Robert Duncan
(Related: Judges)

"As soon as I got up on that stage, and I remembered how welcoming and warming the judges, their presence is, and it was just all uphill from there."
- James Durbin
(Related: Judges)

"I never speak ill of dead people or live judges."
- Edwin Edwards
(Related: People, Judges)

"The decision of such judges as Claudius and his Senate is worth very little in the question of a man's innocence or guilt; but the sentence was that Seneca should be banished to the island of Corsica."
- Frederic William Farrar
(Related: Decision, Guilt, Innocence, Judges, Man, Question, Senate, Worth)

"When the judges shall be obliged to go armed, it will be time for the courts to be closed."
- Stephen J. Field
(Related: Time, Judges, Will)

"Kings may be judges of the earth, but wise men are the judges of kings."
- Solomon Ibn Gabirol
(Related: Men, Earth, Judges, Kings, May)

"Now, I - for several years while I was researching this book, I felt quite obsessed by thoughts about sentencing, punishment, how judges arrive at their decisions."
- Helen Garner
(Related: Thoughts, Decisions, Judges, Now, Punishment, Years)

"It is impossible to have a public trial if you can't guarantee the safety of witnesses, judges or defense counsel."
- Richard Goldstone
(Related: Defense, Judges, Public, Safety)

"We do not judge great art. It judges us."
- Caroline Gordon
(Related: Art, Judges)

"The politics of judges is getting to be red hot."
- Lindsey Graham
(Related: Politics, Judges)

"Although your knowledge is weak and small, you need not be silent: since you cannot be judges be at least witnesses."
- Franz Grillparzer
(Related: Knowledge, Judges)

"I was just ice skating. I had no concept of that. In those days you couldn't see the judges. I was this little person on the ice and they were just people that would stand around the boards."
- Dorothy Hamill
(Related: People, Judges)

"Half of figure skating is opinion, convincing judges."
- Scott Hamilton
(Related: Judges, Opinion)

"Cagey trial lawyers have figured out there's a pretty good likelihood their case - no matter what its merit - will literally get its day in court because of favorable judges."
- Dennis Hastert
(Related: Court, Day, Judges, Lawyers, Merit, Pretty, Will)

"The Middle East is literally going up in flames, as is California, and Katrina's problems haven't been solved, and Congress' response is to criticize Federal judges."
- Alcee Hastings
(Related: Congress, Judges, Problems)

"No matter how badly senators want to know things, judicial nominees are limited in what they may discuss. That limitation is real, and it comes from the very nature of what judges do."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: Nature, Judges, May, Senators, Want)

"Judges who take the law into their own hands, who make up constitutional 'rights' in order to strike down laws they oppose, undermine the people's right to have their values shape public policy and define the culture."
- Orrin Hatch
(Related: People, Policy, Values, Culture, Judges, Law, Laws, Order, Public, Public policy, Right)

"I have generally found that persons who had studied painting least were the best judges of it."
- William Hogarth
(Related: Judges, Painting)

"I don't care who or what judges me, nothing's going to stop me from living my life how I choose."
- Amanda Holden
(Related: Life, Care, Judges, Living, Nothing)

"Fighters today are much bigger, stronger and quicker and not only that but referees, judges and doctors back then were very strict and if your head got busted up the fight would be stopped."
- Larry Holmes
(Related: Doctors, Fight, Judges, Today)

"A pun does not commonly justify a blow in return. But if a blow were given for such cause, and death ensued, the jury would be judges both of the facts and of the pun, and might, if the latter were of an aggravated character, return a verdict of justifiable homicide."
- Oliver Wendell Holmes
(Related: Death, Character, Cause, Facts, Judges, Jury)

"I believe the two biggest mistakes made by the Founders were giving Federal judges life-time appointments and permitting them to be confirmed without the agreement of two-thirds of the members of the United States Senate."
- John Jay Hooker
(Related: Life, Agreement, Giving, Judges, Mistakes, Senate, states, United)

"Furthermore, the slaves cannot be put into a more wretched situation, ourselves being judges, and the community cannot take a more lively step to escape ruin, and obtain the smiles and protection of Heaven."
- Samuel Hopkins
(Related: Being, Community, Heaven, Judges, Protection, Ruin, Smiles)

"A key to the mentality of the left is that it judges itself by its best intentions, and judges its opponents - America chief among them - by their worst deeds."
- David Horowitz
(Related: America, Deeds, Intentions, Judges, Key, Opponents)

"We are under a Constitution, but the Constitution is what the judges say it is, and the judiciary is the safeguard of our property and our liberty and our property under the Constitution."
- Charles Evans Hughes
(Related: Constitution, Judges, Liberty, Property)

"The Violence Against Women Act is so important. It provides money to train the cop on the beat, to train the judges that this is a new day, that we won't tolerate this violence and to know how to deal with it."
- Patricia Ireland
(Related: Money, Women, Act, Day, Judges, Violence)

"In England the judges should have independence to protect the people against the crown. Here the judges should not be independent of the people, but be appointed for not more than seven years. The people would always re-elect the good judges."
- Andrew Jackson
(Related: People, EnglIndependence, Judges, Years)

"Every man judges his own happiness and satisfaction with life in terms of his possession or lack of possession of those things that he considers worthwhile and valuable."
- Meir Kahane
(Related: Happiness, Life, Judges, Man, Possession, Satisfaction)

"We are the recorders and reporters of facts - not the judges of the behaviors we describe."
- Alfred Kinsey
(Related: Facts, Judges)

"The logic is often far-fetched - how does medical marijuana affect interstate commerce? - and some conservatives would like judges to start throwing out federal laws wholesale on commerce clause grounds. The court once again said no thanks."
- Michael Kinsley
(Related: Medical, Commerce, Court, Judges, Laws, Logic)

"When we talk about justice in America we're really talking about justice brought about by the people, not by judges who are tools of the establishment or prosecutors who are are equally tools of the establishment or the wardens or the police officers."
- William Kunstler
(Related: People, America, Judges, Justice, Police, Talk, Talking, Tools)

"But I do believe this - I believe that fundamentally, society is headed in the right direction or wants to head in the right direction, and I think judges have an obligation to try to help it head there."
- Judge Mills Lane
(Related: Society, Direction, Help, Judges, Obligation, Right)

"We have dozens and dozens and dozens of judicial nominees up there waiting and we have a court system that's crying out for more judges."
- Joe Lockhart
(Related: Court, Judges, Waiting)

"Doubt yourself and you doubt everything you see. Judge yourself and you see judges everywhere. But if you listen to the sound of your own voice, you can rise above doubt and judgment. And you can see forever."
- Nancy Lopez
(Related: Doubt, Judges, Judgment, Sound, Voice)

"The president strongly believes that marriage in this country ought to be between a man and a woman. He also believes it is something that ought to be decided by the people. He doesn't believe that judges ought to impose their will on the people."
- Ken Mehlman
(Related: Marriage, People, Country, Judges, Man, President, Will, Woman)

"It is necessary to keep one's compass in one's eyes and not in the hand, for the hands execute, but the eye judges."
- Michelangelo
(Related: Eye, Eyes, Judges)

"At the conclusion of my argument I received very high compliments from the Chief Justice and later from other of the Judges. What they said I do not care to repeat."
- William Henry Moody
(Related: Argument, Care, Compliments, Judges, Justice)

"For the first half of this century, High Court judges have been cautious to the point of timidity in expressing any criticism of governmental action; the independence of the judiciary has been of a decidedly subordinate character."
- Ferdinand Mount
(Related: Action, Character, Court, Criticism, First, Independence, Judges, Timidity)

"Although the most acute judges of the witches and even the witches themselves, were convinced of the guilt of witchery, the guilt nevertheless was non-existent. It is thus with all guilt."
- Friedrich Nietzsche
(Related: Guilt, Judges, Witches)

"We need somebody who's got the heart, the empathy, to recognize what it's like to be a young teenage mom, the empathy to understand what it's like to be poor or African-American or gay or disabled or old - and that's the criterion by which I'll be selecting my judges."
- Barack Obama
(Related: Mom, Heart, African, Empathy, Gay, Judges, Old, Poor, Teenage)

"In the remaining months, we should focus on achieving more robust international involvement in training of Iraqi soldiers, police officers, judges, teachers, and doctors - all key elements needed to end the sectarian and civil conflict and build Iraq's future."
- John Olver
(Related: Conflict, Doctors, End, Focus, Future, Iraq, Judges, Key, Months, Police, Soldiers, Teachers, Training)

"Freewill means that the Universe never judges, never interferes with your own choices - and sees you as a being of equal creative power."
- Joy Page
(Related: Power, Being, Choices, Judges, Universe)

"Having federal officials, whether judges, bureaucrats, or congressmen, impose a new definition of marriage on the people is an act of social engineering profoundly hostile to liberty."
- Ron Paul
(Related: Marriage, People, Act, Engineering, Judges, Liberty)

"When Joan D' Arc was asked by her judges why as a Christian she did not love the British, she answered that she did love them, but she loved British in their country. In the same way, we do not hate the Turks, we love them, but in their country."
- Jean-Marie Le Pen
(Related: Love, Christian, Country, Hate, Judges)

"The hungry judges soon the sentence sign, and wretches hang that jurymen may dine."
- Alexander Pope
(Related: Judges, May)

"People do not always understand the motives of sublime conduct, and when they are astonished they are very apt to think they ought to be alarmed. The truth is none are fit judges of greatness but those who are capable of it."
- Jane Porter
(Related: Truth, People, Greatness, Judges, Motives)

"If we believe in our current penal process, then the penalties imposed by judges and juries should be the only sanctions for one's crime, not the invisible sanctions of the legislature."
- Charles Rangel
(Related: Crime, Judges)

"If nuclear power plants are safe, let the commerical insurance industry insure them. Until these most expert judges of risk are willing to gamble with their money, I'm not willing to gamble with the health and safety of my family."
- Donna Reed
(Related: Family, Health, Power, Money, Judges, Plants, Risk, Safety)

"What I heard was that Bush is now positioned to have victory after victory. He'll have Social Security reform passed, that he'll have tax reform passed, that he'll have conservative judges on the courts."
- Pat Robertson
(Related: Victory, Conservative, Tax, Judges, Now, Reform, Security)

"Now that judges embrace forcibly starving someone to death, Congress should use its appropriation power to starve the judicial budget."
- Phyllis Schlafly
(Related: Power, Death, Congress, Judges, Now)

"Last year, I was proud to be an original co-sponsor of legislation that would increase federal judges' salaries by more than 40 percent. It also built in a cost of living adjustment, so the Judicial Branch would not be dependent on the Legislative Branch for increases each year."
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Judges, Legislation, Living)

"Diversity on the bench is critical. As practitioners, you need judges who 'get it!' We need judges who understand what discrimination feels like. We need judges who understand what inequality feels like. We need judges who understand the subtleties of unfair treatment and who are willing to call it out when they see it!"
- Debbie Wasserman Schultz
(Related: Discrimination, Diversity, Inequality, Judges, Treatment)

"Ideological warriors whether from the Left or the Right are bad news for the bench. They tend to make law, not interpret law. And that's not what any of us should want from our judges."
- Charles Schumer
(Related: Judges, Law, News, Right, Want)

"So we need the same strategy, we need young, aggressive judges to be appointed, and that's what the President has done, but getting them through is the challenge."
- Jay Alan Sekulow
(Related: Strategy, Challenge, Judges, President)

"Marriage has been defined by every legislature that has ever sat in the United States from every State, now 50 States, the same way, but now we have unelected judges altering and changing that fundamental institution."
- Jeff Sessions
(Related: Marriage, Judges, Now, State, states, United)

"President Bush has a record of cutting taxes, has provided a prescription drug benefit for seniors, has upheld the Second Amendment and remains committed to stopping liberal activists judges who are redefining marriage."
- Bill Shuster
(Related: Marriage, Judges, Liberal, President, Taxes)

"Judges should interpret the law, not make it."
- Lamar S. Smith
(Related: Judges, Law)

"Judicial abuse occurs when judges substitute their own political views for the law."
- Lamar S. Smith
(Related: Abuse, Judges, Law)

"There are congressmen in our congregation, judges, federal reserve governors. And there are also people who are homeless and some who are mentally ill. To be able to talk to each of those people is something that I've had to learn how to do over the years."
- James Green Somerville
(Related: People, Judges, Talk, Years)

"I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. Judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the law. The job of a judge is to apply the law."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Heart, Congress, Job, Judges, Law, President)

"Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see."
- Sonia Sotomayor
(Related: Facts, Judges)

"But one way or another, judges perform a very vital function in our society. They have a risky job and they are entitled to security."
- Arlen Spector
(Related: Society, Job, Judges, Security)

"I love judges, and I love courts. They are my ideals, that typify on earth what we shall meet hereafter in heaven under a just God."
- William Howard Taft
(Related: Love, God, Earth, Heaven, Ideals, Judges)

"What harsh judges fathers are to all young men!"
- Terence
(Related: Fathers, Judges)

"Common Sense is that which judges the things given to it by other senses."
- Leonardo da Vinci
(Related: Common sense, Judges, Senses)

"You can, if you wish, think of it like the universe: Each case is a sun, and all the judges, lawyers and administrative personnel represent planets revolving around the case in fixed orbit, never getting closer."
- Sol Wachtler
(Related: Judges, Lawyers, Sun)

"The revision of the books of Judges, Samuel, and Kings, undertaken towards the end of the Babylonian exile, a revision much more thorough than is commonly assumed, condemns as heretical the whole age of the Kings."
- Julius Wellhausen
(Related: Age, Books, End, Judges, Kings)

"Judges were not the biggest issue for most voters in Georgia in 2002."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Judges)

"Absent scandal, a federal judge can serve for decades on the bench, underscoring the importance of appointing judges who have a proper understanding of their constitutional role."
- Paul Weyrich
(Related: Importance, Judges, Scandal, Understanding)

"Our nation is being led astray by ungodly judges, mayors and governors, who are given to change, defying the Constitution and substituting their own wicked agendas."
- David Wilkerson
(Related: Change, Being, Constitution, Judges, Nation)

"My judges preach against free love openly, practice it secretly."
- Victoria Woodhull
(Related: Love, Judges, Practice)

"If the Court were to extend its reach to the base, judges could begin managing conditions of confinement, interrogation methods, and the use of information."
- John Yoo
(Related: Court, Information, Judges)

"Judges pretty much act independently once they get on the bench so I'm not really sure why Harper's concerned that the court is currently being stacked with a lot of Liberal appointments."
- Alan Young
(Related: Act, Being, Court, Judges, Liberal, Pretty)