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Judges and magistrates are expected encounter competition for jobs because of the prestige associated with serving on the bench.
Judges rule on the admissibility of evidence and the methods of conducting testimony, and they may be called on to settle disputes between opposing attorneys.
In such instances, the judge determines guilt in criminal cases and imposes sentences; in civil cases, the judge awards reliefsuch as compensation for damagesto the parties to the lawsuit, called litigants.
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