That may well be the most bizarre attempt I have seen to try to avoid being so clearly mistaken,
Definition of Judge: "A public officer chosen or elected to preside over and to administer the law in a court of justice; one who controls the proceedings in a courtroom and decides questions of law or discretion."
Quote: Chief Justice Vanderbilt, Driscoll v. Burlington-Bristol Bridge Co., 86 A.2d 201 at 221-22 (N.J. Sup. Ct. 1952).
"[Public officers] stand in a fiduciary relationship
to the people whom they have been elected or appointed to serve . . . . As fiduciaries and trustees of the public weal they are under an inescapable obligation to serve the public with the highest fidelity. In discharging the duties of their office, they are required to display such intelligence and skill as they are capable of, to be diligent and conscientious, to exercise their discretion not arbitrarily but reasonably
, and above all to display good faith, honesty and integrity . . . . They must be impervious to corrupting influences and they must transact their business frankly and openly in the light of public scrutiny so that the public may know and be able to judge them and their work fairly . . . .
These obligations are not mere theoretical concepts or idealistic abstractions of no practical force and effect; they are obligations imposed by the common law on public officers and assumed by them as a matter of law upon their entering public office. The enforcement of these obligations is essential to the soundness and efficiency of our government, which exists for the benefit of the people."
Link to Chief Justice Vanderbilt Chronology:http://www.wesleyan..../VA1000-186.xml
Note: Honors. Vanderbilt was awarded thirty-one honorary degrees in the United States and Canada. In 1948 he was awarded the Gold Medal of the American Bar Association, given rarely. He also won numerous other honors
I do not believe i was mistaken .
If i was not clear in my usage of the word i apologise , what Chief Justice Vanderbilt has stated is what i was trying to say.