Did you know that a court judge is likely to give you a harsh punishment when he or she is hungry?
It may sound like a joke but research has shown that when a judge is hungry, he or she is likely to be “reckless” in dispensing justice.
A study shows that a judge is like to sentence you to jail between lunchtime and late in the evening.
“A judge who has missed breakfast or lunch is more dangerous than the suspect,” joked one researcher.
Lawyers around the world have a common saying that “justice is what the judge ate for breakfast” and researchers say the statement is true and determines how justice is dispensed.
Researchers at Ben Gurion University in Israel and Columbia University examined more than 1,000 rulings of 8 Israeli judges who ruled on parole for convicts.
According to the researchers, the judges granted parole to 65 percent of the convicts in the morning hours and none towards lunchtime. After the judges took lunch, the rate of granting parole jumped back to 65 percent.
Have you ever been convicted of a jail term? What time did the judge make the ruling? Maybe he or she was hungry by the time she was delivering the ruling.
Researchers also say the case of judges issuing the wrong judgment when they are hungry might also replicate with doctors and teachers who have papers to mark and award marks.
For a long time, judges in Kenya have complained of being overworked due to their minimal numbers. Some have had to sit a number of cases in a day without rest and this might be a reason why our jails are overflowing with minor offenders.
Do you have a case in court? Well, pray that that day, the judge makes the ruling has a good breakfast without stomach upsets.