|Judge Charlie Merrell|
Serving as a Supreme Court justice is the pinnacle of any legal career. It is also a great challenge. I want to serve my community as a Supreme Court justice because I am ready for the challenge. I have prepared for this challenge by working long hours in private practice, by serving as a town justice and for the last eight years by serving as the Lewis County Judge, Family Court Judge, Surrogate, and for the last four years as acting Supreme Court Justice.
What personal characteristic do you think best qualifies you to be a judge?
As a Judge, I know that there is no one personal characteristic that best qualifies someone to be a judge. Each judge brings his or her unique personality to the bench and develops a judicial style based on that personality. The best judges have a good “judicial temperament”, which means they are patient, but firmly in control. I bring my patience and good judicial temperament to the bench with me every day.
How can you, as a state Supreme Court justice, make a positive impact on the community?
A State Supreme Court justice can make a positive impact on the community in many ways. First and foremost, a justice must “do justice” every day, i.e., hear cases fairly and timely and decide cases within the parameters of justice. Second, if the Justice is competently doing the job, the community will have faith and confidence in the judicial branch of government. Third, a Supreme Court justice can serve as a role model in the legal community gently steering young attorneys toward good work habits and professional behavior. Further, I believe that a Supreme Court justice has an obligation to give back to the community that elected him or her whether through church or some other community organization.
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