In a government, the judiciary department is a very important element in a democratic administration. Just like the legislative and executive department, the judiciary department requires greater abilities and credible honor. Nevertheless, as Publius pointed out, among the three, it is the least prone to tyrannical control of the people. The judiciary department balances the legislative and the executive departments due to its limited and specific capabilities. As stated by Publius in his article, the judiciary department has the weakest power of the three and so, eliminating much of the injustice and corruption of the government system.
Moreover, the appointment or selection of judges is still crucial. Legally, a judge may remain in office as long as he has good behavior. But then, the question regarding the definition of good behavior is often answered inconsistently. Standards of good behavior should thus be monitored since it is only in this way that impartial and fair judgments can come out of the judiciary department. The requirement that a judge should have sound decisions balances the interests of the government and the people.
It is the contributing factor that impedes the tyranny that the legislative and the executive departments can impose upon the citizenry. On the other hand, although the judiciary has the least power of the three branches of the government it is also the least that can affect the people. Due to this factor, it can only protect the people with little effect since its sole responsibility to the governed is to bestow judgments based on the laws that the legislative department promulgates. In worst situations, however, the judiciary can be a very dangerous power grab.
This is possible if it merges with one of the two other departments. A controlled combination of the judiciary and legislative or judiciary and executive is deadly and disastrous to the people’s liberty. In sum, the people in the judiciary department should have more wisdom and love of liberty to exercise unbiased resolutions in the interpretation of the laws of the people. References Publius. The Avalon Project at Yale Law School. (2008, May 16). The Federalist Papers: No. 78, The Judiciary Department. Retrieved May 16, 2008, from http://www. yale. edu/lawweb/avalon/federal/fed78. htm.