J.J Ford is a judge. She is an heir of Mr. Westing, but didn't know it until his death! J.J Ford is an
everything-I-do-has-to-be-easy type of person. She walked away when the game part of the will was spoken
because it seemed like it was a hard thing! She played a role in the game, but didn't quite win
(although she got to keep the $10,000 given at the beginning of the game!).
Judges, Magistrates and Judicial Workers
Judges and magistrates have to make sure the law is followed and they oversee the process in courts according to the law. In criminal cases they decide the innocence or guilt of persons charged with a crime. Sometimes judges make the decisions and sometimes juries make the decisions. Judges listen as lawyers present evidence on the case. They make their decisions based on the evidence and the law. Judges are very powerful.
Judges typically work 40 hours a week, but some work 50 hours a week. In small communities, judges can sometimes work part time. To become a judge you always have to be honest and fair. A bachelor's degree and some work experience are all that is required to become a judge. Most judges are also lawyers. Their duties and salaries depend on the size of their communities and the cases they hear( see attached chart for salary ranges). It is expected that the need for judges in the future will increase by 2010 but somewhat slower than average. Most openings for judges occur when current judges retire.