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RedDeerGuy1's avatar

In the court room is the judge under oath as well?

Asked by RedDeerGuy1 (17505points) May 5th, 2019

Just wondering.

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flutherother's avatar

Only if he is in the witness stand or in the dock. Usually he is just listening to testimony.

Dutchess_lll's avatar

His job is to make sure the law is being followed.

Darth_Algar's avatar

No one’s under oath in a courtroom unless they are giving testimony.

LostInParadise's avatar

I would guess that if a judge were to give testimony at a trial, then someone else would have to act as judge. Can you imagine a judge asking himself if he will tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth?

janbb's avatar

^^ The judge isn’t the one who does the swearing in anyway. It is a baileff or other court official.

LostInParadise's avatar

Good point. Isn’t it the judge who calls on the witnesses to testify?

Inspired_2write's avatar

Each justice or judge of the United States shall take the following oath or affirmation before performing the duties of his office: “I, ___ ___, do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as ___ under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God.”
link:
https://www.law.cornell.edu/uscode/text/28/453

janbb's avatar

@LostInParadise From what I’ve seen on TV and read in books, the lawyers will say what witness is to be called next and again the court officiant (not the judge) will say “Call——- to the stand.”

Darth_Algar's avatar

@LostInParadise

I can’t imagine any scenario in which a judge would be giving testimony at a trail he is presiding over. That would be an instant conflict of interest.

janbb's avatar

@Darth_Algar Or even a trial.

Darth_Algar's avatar

Praise be to Autocorrect.

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