Instructions to Congress Judges
Thank you for helping today! The following are some general procedures for judging
Student Congress that should be helpful to veterans and newcomers alike. Please take a
moment to familiarize yourself with these procedures. If you have questions, please see
____________________ in the tab room anytime. HAVE FUN!
1. There are two judges in each session. Each judge should rotate giving scores to
competitors with the first judge filling out the first ballot, the second one filling out
the second ballot, then the first judge getting the third ballot and so on. The exception
for this would be if a student from your own school speaks on your turn to judge.
You should pass the ballot to your partner.
2. When scoring a speaker, you should offer constructive comments about the speech.
If there is cross-examination involved, the quality of the responses by the speaker
should factor into the overall speech score. Give each speaker you score between one
and six points, with one being the poorest of speeches and six being a “perfect”
speech. Try to avoid giving excessively low scores.
3. Important: You should still listen to speakers you are not scoring at the time since
you will be able to nominate them for awards at the end of the session.
4. At the end of the session, each judge should also fill out one ballot apiece
(without consultation) for the presiding officer. Score him/her 1-6 the same way
you would a speaker. The P.O. score should be bases on how effectively the P.O. ran
the chamber. Although most of the categories on the ballot will not apply to the P.O.,
it is still important that you offer constructive criticism and a score of 1-6.
5. At the end of the session, each judge should nominate their top eight speakers on
the preferential ballot provided. Do not consult with each other.
a) You must place the presiding officer somewhere in the top eight, regardless of
b) You may nominate speakers you never sco