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A judge is a 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, typically, in an open court. The judge hears all the witnesses and any other evidence presented by the barristers or solicitors of the case, assesses the credibility and arguments of the parties, and then issues a ruling on the matter at hand based on their interpretation of the law and their own personal judgment. In some jurisdictions, the judge's powers may be shared with a jury. In inquisitorial systems of criminal investigation, a judge might also be an examining magistrate. He makes sure that law and order is followed in the court.

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    Hey. Ive posted previously about an issue I had with orders by consent made from a judicial assessment conference. Most of that is not really relevant to this issue though. These conferences are with a judge, fast only lasting like an hour. We come to terms at that hearing. 5 days later when...