Ethics in the Justice System

2330 Words Oct 24th, 2008 10 Pages
In simple definition, the word “ethics” means; a system of moral principles, the rules of conduct recognized in respect to a particular class of human actions or a particular group, culture, etc., moral principles as of an individual, and that branch of philosophy dealing with values relating to human conduct, with respect to the rightness and wrongness of certain actions and to the goodness and badness of the motives and ends of such actions ( Even the definition, as clear as it is, cannot begin to encompass what this word truly means to those who live in and work for our justice system.
Depending on the branch of the justice system that they are employed in, each person will have their own set of moral and ethical
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These times are rare, and should not be completely given over to, but we need to be aware that not all the rules work for everyone, and there does need to be room for those situations that are unforeseeable. If I were required to write out a code of ethics for myself, I believe it would read something like this:
• Respect the space, belongings, feelings and wellbeing of all others on this planet, regardless of their stature, status or involvement in your life.
• Always take into consideration the feelings of those around you before you make a choice that could impact their lives.
• Helping those who need help is not an option, it is mandatory as long as you can do so without taking anything from your own family.
• Do not engage in slander, demoralization, or any other type of belittling for any reason, even if the person has done something wrong to you. Two wrongs do not make a right.
• Give of yourself. Share time, thoughts, feelings and smiles freely.
• We only live once, follow your wants and desires while always maintaining self integrity.
Truly, a set of personal ethical standards is hard to put in writing if you have not been aware of your own choices, and what guided you through these choices. Previous to this class, I have not spent much time self evaluating the decisions that