The judges who dispense justice have great power over the lives and liberty of other people but are sometimes inadequately prepared, either because of lack of proper training or because they have been appointed to a position for which they are not appropriately qualified. It is injurious to litigants, and to their families, as well as to the prosecutors, defendants and the jury, when a judge is inadequately trained to preside over a trial on which much is at stake for all involved.
In the UK, where there is no specific training for judges (judges are chosen from the ranks of the senior bar and, to a lesser extent, from solicitors), lawyers are given only a 3 1/2 day induction course before they preside over cases.
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