Read: Proverbs 24:23-25
When a crime happens today, the news carries a handful of details almost immediately. We humans as part of our nature form an opinion based on our life experiences and usually assign guilt or innocence knowing only what we heard from a 30 second sound bite.
This is not sound biblical principle. What you hear is not nearly enough to form an opinion. This is why we have trials where loads of evidence is presented and rules are followed. A judge presides who officiates and keeps the process on track.
In biblical times, arbiters (judges were a different occupation) would go to the town walls and hear disputes before rendering a final and usually impartial decision.
If we are to reflect God’s justice, we should reserve judgement until all evidence is presented. If we cannot fairly judge, then judgement is reserved for God.
“Do not show partiality in judging; hear both small and great alike. Do not be afraid of anyone, for judgment belongs to God. Bring me any case too hard for you, and I will hear it.” – Deuteronomy 1:17
“Stop judging by mere appearances, but instead judge correctly.” – John 7:24