Why do judges use a gavel?
Judges are public entities that are primarily responsible in presiding over court trials as well as other legal proceedings. There are several functions that judges’ delve into. Aside from hearing over trials, judges are responsible for resolving conflict between lawyers, deciding over a hearing and further studying the law. In line with this, judges must therefore, exhibit exemplary acts of judgment and patience.
Judges have paraphernalia in court that facilitate proceedings and trials. One commonly associated object to judges is the gavel. The gavel is a small ceremonial mallet commonly made of hardwood, typically fashioned with a handle and often struck against a sound block to enhance its sounding qualities. The gavel is not just used to for the sake of its existence. Gavels have guidelines on how it is used and the number of times it is tapped corresponds to specific meanings. The gavel is a symbol of authority, especially in courts and justices. It brings with it the right of a judge to act and decide on the most fair and just manner. In tradition, gavels are struck to indicate that a meeting will begin, peace and order should be maintained and to end a meeting. However today, gavels are used to call for attention or to punctuate rulings and proclamations. In addition to that, gavels are used by judges to proclaim proceedings and decisions of court trials to be final, legal and irrevocable. Once the gavel is struck, it signifies that no other factors can renew the decision being made, especially in instances where controversial issues are put to trial.
Until this time, gavels are still used by judges. It is not just part of the paraphernalia in court but it symbolizes power, authority and firmness in making court trial decisions
October 7, 2012 10:18 am
It’s true that judges are the mouthpices of the nation we should respect them.