Reflections from the Bench 2017-01-25T11:06:33+00:00

Reflections from the Bench

Personal essays by your fellow judges (active or retired) talking about their experiences in the judiciary. Have an idea for an essay? Email it to njc-communications@judges.org.

Reflections from the Bench: A novel defense

By Hon. Michael E. Keasler

I encountered a very creative defendant in my early years as a prosecutor. He was on probation for felony DWI, and he was charged with having violated a condition of probation that forbade his consumption of alcoholic beverages. At his hearing, he pleaded “Not True” to the allegations in the motion to revoke probation.

May 18th, 2017|

The price I paid for being a ‘good judge’

By Hon. Karen Adam (Ret.)

As a longtime judicial officer, I was excited to be summoned for jury duty in January 2017.  When I arrived at the jury assembly room, I wondered why there were so few potential jurors. The jury commissioner explained: There was only one trial set that day, a criminal case.

April 20th, 2017|

Giving it all away

By Judge Don Ash

Change has always made me feel uncomfortable. I like to know which path I am choosing, where the path is going, and what path is next. I have applied the same philosophy as a trial judge. The best days on the bench for me are those when everyone is prepared and the proceedings move in a fashion

February 16th, 2017|