-  Prohibition

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For a judge not to accept a bribe

 

 “Do not take a bribe” Shmoth 23:8, even to render a true judgement.

 

The bribe is to be returned.

Bribery of words (flattery) is forbidden.

 

Whoever give a bribe violates “do not place a stumbling block before the blind” (-76)

 Vayikra 19:14.

 

Since he is unable to do other work while he is occupied with the judgement, it is permissible for him to be compensated and take payment from both litigants equally.

For a judge not to accept a bribe