Hi, need to submit a 500 words essay on the topic Should judges be elected, appointed, or selected on merit.
I believe that the merit based selection of judges is best as it would primarily rely on its legal expertise for judgment leading to sentencing.
The role of judges is paramount in the legal arena. The need for independence in imposing sentences in offences becomes a crucial issue. The accountability to public opinion in cases directly linked to public welfare is an issue that frequently influences the selection pattern or raises controversy. The responsiveness to public opinion is deemed important but at the same time, the need to remain within the broader precinct of law and constitution is integral part of justice. The judges who are selected through merit are prone to follow law and their judgment and sentences are based on legal statutes and clauses that cut across race, color, culture and socio-political leanings (O’Connor, 2010). This is fundamental to justice system that is not influenced by outside pressure, be it public opinion.