related to, but not the same as Does Buddhism have a significant notion of justice
I need some clarification. What is one's moral obligation to render justice (or bring to justice) others for observed misdeeds? this can but need not be as member of a jury which must render justice.
it is clear that one should sympathize with the perpetrator. it is clear that one should not get emotional over a (passed) misdeed or over (or while) rendering a sentence.
I am guessing that to be compassionate is to contemplate the effects of a sentence on other sentient beings, [a] in light of the future incentives that one's judicial actions will create, and [b] in light of the contemporaneous effect that one's sentence will have on the perpetrators, victims, and others. even though the deed was done and thus has passed, and even though others should be philosophical about it now, it is still true that a sentence can improve the lives of many others at the cost of worsening the life of the perpetrator. [there is no dilemma if the latter is not the case.]
is there more Buddhist advice to us here?