“What does it mean to be a judge?” That’s a tall order, and one is tempted to begin—and perhaps to end—by formulating taxonomy of characteristics that judges ought to have. Indeed, that is a tactic that others have used. The resulting lists differ in their particulars, but are broadly similar. The enumerated traits include attributes like intelligence, legal knowledge, judgment, decisiveness, and so on.
Chad M. Oldfather,
Of Judges, Law, and the River: Tacit Knowledge and the Judicial Role,
2015 J. Disp. Resol.
Available at: https://scholarship.law.missouri.edu/jdr/vol2015/iss1/9