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A judge is a figure of authority, one who interprets the laws of a culture and often sentences those who have been found guilty of breaking the laws. Judges usually preside over a court in which they exercise their authority.

The exact role of the judge varies across cultures. In Cardassian society, the role of judge is filled by the Chief Archon. (DS9: "Tribunal") In most Federation societies judges have filled important roles throughout history and many judges, such as T'Pau and Aaron Satie, are revered figures in their cultures. (VOY: "Darkling"; TNG: "The Drumhead")

Martin Benbeck was considered to be something of a judge on Moab IV, as he had been genetically engineered to desire that role. (TNG: "The Masterpiece Society")

Someone who acts as an arbiter in contests, using their own judgment to subjective qualities to determine the winner, is also called a judge. Emony Dax was a judge in several gymnastics competitions. (DS9: "Trials and Tribble-ations")

Judge was one of the words Doctor Julian Bashir used after he was infected by the aphasia virus in 2369. (DS9: "Babel")

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