A judge is an official person who presides over court proceedings, either alone or as a part of a panel of judges. The powers, functions, method of appointment, discipline, and training of judges vary widely across different jurisdictions . The judge is supposed to conduct the trial impartially and in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the parties of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on his or her interpretation of the law and his or her own personal judgment. In some jurisdictions, the judge's powers may be shared with a jury. In ...

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  1. A public official whose duty it is to administer the law, especially by presiding over trials and rendering judgments; a justice.
  2. A person who decides the fate of someone or something that has been called into question.
  3. A person officiating at a sports or similar event.
    At a boxing match the decision of the judges is final.
  4. A person whose opinion on a subject is respected.
    He is a good judge of wine.


  1. To sit in judgment on; to pass sentence on.
    A higher power will judge you after you are dead.
  2. To sit in judgment, to act as judge.
    Justices in this country judge without appeal.
  3. To form an opinion on.
    I judge a man’s character by the cut of his suit.
  4. To arbitrate; to pass opinion on something, especially to settle a dispute etc.
    We cannot both be right: you must judge between us.
  5. To have as an opinion; to consider, suppose.
    I judge it safe to leave the house once again.
  6. To form an opinion; to infer.
    I judge from the sky that it might rain later.
  7. To criticize or label another person or thing.

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