Characteristics In A Judge
‘Alee Ibn Abee Taalib said:
“Select to judge between people one whom you think is the best of your people, one who is unflappable, who does not get offended by opponents, who does not get carried away when he makes a mistake, who would not refrain from turning towards the truth when he recognises it, who does not have greed and ambitions, who is not content with one explanation only before listening to all others, who takes his time an does not rush into passing judgement on ambiguous issues, who relies most on evidence, who does no get annoyed with people referring to him and coming back to him, who is most patient in studying and examining the case until it becomes clear, who is the most decisive once the verdict becomes clear in his mind, who does not become too proud if he is praised and is not tempted easily.
Such men are few. Then check regularly on the way he handles cases, and be generous towards him so that he will not be in a state of poverty or need, and thus he will not need people. Show great respect to him, so that no one could hope to get his way with him of people who are close to you, and so that he can feel safe and secure with you from the aggression of people close to you.”
[Sharh Nahj Al-Balaaghah, p. 615]