To be a judge and/or a lawyer, do you have to be affiliated with a political party?
Hi! It is a pleasure for me to answer your question! From my point of view you do not need to, but is important for attorneys in general understand what is gong on in politics field. For judges too, it is not a part of the position. I mean you do not need to, but is important to have knowledge about politics!
Valsielen A Miranda
I think it is different in different states.
Here in Texas, Local and State Judges are elected, not appointed, and they run with a party affiliation.
Even if you just want to be a lawyer, and not a judge, it will be in the best interest of your client if you get to know the "movers and shakers." If allowed by the ethics rules, you should also make contributions to the campaigns of people running for judge. This does not necessarily mean that you are "buying favor," but on those decisions that are too close to call, it might tip the "Scales of Justice" a little more in your favor.
None of this, of couse, will take the place of good old fashioned hard work and solid case preparation.
Hope this helps!
There is no required party affiliation required to become a judge but in reality very few people become judges without being with the "in" group. You can become a lawyer regardless of the party. Many directions to go other than being a judge
You don't need to be affiliated with a party to be a lawyer. Once you are a lawyer and want to be a judge, you have to play the game. You have to be.present at political events, contribute money and circulate petitions for other party candidates. If you are a good party regular, you may be considered to be their candidate.