Judges Allocation and Sentencing Guidelines

869 WordsJul 17, 20184 Pages
1.4 Judges are typically white men with strong political connections. Do you see any problems with this in terms of fairness in sentencing? Judges allocation of outcomes is constrained by a diversity of factors; race has no weight on sentencing. What is taken into consideration is the severity of the crime and the individual’s criminal history. The judge has to consult the Constitution and a group of statutes and court rules that governs sentencing procedure in that given jurisdiction. When considering procedures for sentencing, it is important to know that the outset that sentencing is an area in which jurisdictions vary considerably, and to distinguish the differences in sentencing systems may have an important bearing on the…show more content…
Efficient courtroom workgroups seek to process cases rather than dispense justice. The legal merits of the case are the true determinative factors of an outcome. Judges: is the person who is eminent on the Bench in the front of the courtroom. While the Judge is mandate by law to rule on the admissibility of the evidence as it comes into trial, the jury is empowered by law to rule on the reliability of the evidence. In addition the judge accepts or approves the guilty pleas when the defendant waives the rights to trial. Criminal Prosecutor: is a representative of the State or Federal government whose job is to prosecute individuals who have committed crimes and to take legal action for this violation. These are the individuals that will go into the court room and argue to the judge and/or jury that the defendant has committed a crime and should be held accountable for his/her offense. Defense attorney: is the person in charge to defend the individual accused of a crime. The defense attorney exercises any number of rights on his client’s behalf to change the course of the trial or negotiate the best outcome for the defendant, as well as provided the best defense for his client. 3. What are the functions of a Judge? The judge presides in the courtroom. The judge rules on points of law and instructs the jury, about the law that governs each case. Protecting the jury from outside influences is one of the important of the judge’s tasks at trial. The
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