Each school must supply ½ judge per squad entered in the tournament - a team entering two squads in a division may supply one full judge. There will be 1 judge per preliminary round and 3 judges per elimination round. All judges are obligated for all elimination rounds - we will release judges as soon as possible, however. That is, we will create panels for all possible final round pairings during the semi-finals and release those judges that cannot judge any final round combination. All judges will be assigned using Mutual Preference Judging. MPJ is a system that assigns judges to debate rounds based on preference ratings supplied by the coaches of the schools. Coaches must rate which judges are most preferred, preferred, or least preferred. The tab software will then seek to optimize the allocation of judges so that every round is judged by somebody that is most preferred. If it is not possible to achieve this for every round, the computer will assign judges that are preferred by both teams before it assigns a judge that is most preferred by one team and only preferred by the other team.
Each judge must sign a statement of ethics and responsibility regarding conduct, language and intent. This, combined with a judge philosophy (which shall include the number of rounds judged on the topic), will certify a judge for the tournament. All judge philosophies must be available one week before the tournament for a judge to be entered in the pool. Should any judge behave in a way that violates the code of ethics, they will be removed and not paid for their service
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