May 16, 2014

What Makes a Good Judge?

Grade Level:

Middle/High

Overview:

This lesson focuses on the costs and benefits of various judicial selection methods. Students will list characteristics they think essential or valuable to being a good judge, and then see which system of judicial selection – appointment, merit, or election – obtains the highest quality judges. In discussing each method, students will understand the tradeoffs between accountability and independence in judicial selection.

 

Time needed:

1-2 Class periods

 

Materials required:

What Makes a Good Judge? Lesson Plan

What Makes a Good Judge? Handout 1

What Makes a Good Judge? Handout 2

What Makes a Good Judge? Handout 3

 

National Curriculum Standards for Social Studies, National Council for the Social Studies:

Theme 6: Power, Authority, and Governance

Theme 10: Civic Ideals and Practices