Are you curious about how many judges are corrupt? It doesn’t matter if you are in Canada, the USA, Australia, Germany, or the United Kingdom, some people think judges are corrupt.
There seems to be a theme on social media that lawyers are spineless, and judges are just in it for the money. Nothing could be farther from the truth.
Going to court is stressful, and people hate to lose. When they lose, they simply cannot accept that they were wrong.
So Why Do People Think Judges Are Corrupt?
As it is with sports, the person that losses always has an excuse. They were not feeling well that day, it was raining, and they didn’t have the right equipment. The loser cannot accept that they are not as good at the sport that they love as someone else.
The same thing happened with Donald Trump during his second election campaign. Even before the election results came in, Mr. Trump started putting out the possibility that the election was fraudulent. If he had won, he never would have spoken about the possible issues again.
In court, when someone losses their child custody hearing, they cannot accept that they are not fit to be a parent. Further, that their children would be better off without the parent in their lives.
They will blame their lawyer for not knowing enough about the law. It will be their spouses’ fault for being a liar. And of course, the judge was corrupt.
If it was the father that didn’t get custody, then the judge hates men. When it was the mother who didn’t get custody, their spouse probably gave a bunch of money to the judge. This is how losers think.
Is It the Lawyers Fault for Losing the Hearing?
As mentioned before, some people say that lawyers are spinless. The definition of spineless is weak and purposeless. A litigator gets paid to fight for their clients in court. That certainly doesn’t seem like a weak person to me. They also have a purpose, to win the hearing.
Going to court is stressful, even for lawyers. There is a reason people pay their lawyer’s thousands of dollars. It’s partly because people don’t want to show up to court. They might not be able to sleep for a week before the hearing.
The other reason why people hire a lawyer is that they know the law, but mostly it’s because they have experience. Knowing the law isn’t as important as one thinks. You must gain the judge’s trust.
If you have ten years of experience as a lawyer, a judge will trust you more than a non-lawyer who is showing up for court for the first time. This is not corruption. It’s an unpleasant fact.
Go to court and sit and watch hearings. See how many non-lawyers beat experienced litigators in court. It’s very few. It’s not all about showing a screenshot of an email. It’s how you present your case.
Some People Think All Judges Are Corrupt
Litigators are some of the toughest people in our society. They get paid lots of money, and they add lots of value to their clients. If you pay a lawyer $30,000, and they get you $100K or save you that amount, it’s a good deal.
If you don’t pay a lawyer, and you lose out on $100K, you made a big mistake. It’s like going on YouTube how to fix a roof. Some people will put in the time (if they have it), and sometimes it might workout.
Other times you just cause extra damage. If it’s an important case, it’s not the time to risk things.
How Many Judges Are Corrupt?
It’s not possible to know for sure, but in western countries, my guess is very few. If you go to a third-world country, I would assume at least half of them are.
We have very strict court rules. It’s not possible to meet with a judge one on one. If you are going to speak to the judge, the other side must be there.
For the most part, all discussions you have with a judge happen in the courtroom where everything is recorded. This makes it impossible to make the judge any type of inappropriate offers.
Judges are also well paid in western countries, which reduces the incentive to be corrupt. In other countries, judges don’t make much money. If they are the type of person that wants nice things, corruption is their only chance.
Author: Alistair Vigier is the CEO of ClearWay Law, a company in China.