pass sentence (on someone or something)

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pass sentence (on someone or something)

1. Literally, of a judge, to determine and read out a sentence following a criminal conviction. Before I pass sentence, I want to allow a victim-impact statement to be read aloud before the court. The judge passed a sentence of 35 years on the convicted murderer.
2. To make or render a judgment someone or something, especially hastily or preemptively. I know you usually don't like musicals, but don't pass sentence until you see this one for yourself. The president has been quick to pass sentence on those who speak out against her policies.
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pass sentence on someone

 
1. Lit. [for a judge] to read out the sentence of punishment for a convicted criminal. It is my job as judge to pass sentence on you. The judge was about to pass sentence on Max—ten years in prison.
2. Fig. [for someone] to render a judgment on another person in the manner of a judge. You have no right to pass judgment on me! I wish you wouldn't pass judgment on everyone around you.
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Instead, Darrow had his clients plead guilty, so that a lone judge would pass sentence after a hearing.
Sheriff Bill Dunlop will pass sentence at the end of this month after studying a vet's report on the possible castration of Bingo.
"For that reason I'm not going to pass sentence today."
Judge Norman Wright was due to pass sentence on Thursday but raged: "I want to calm down.
Judge Philip Richards remanded him in custody for reports to be prepared and was due to pass sentence on Thursday.
But, after hearing details of the case, the judge said he was not prepared to pass sentence until a psychological assessment of the defendant had taken place.
He was very sorry to have to pass sentence upon men at all Labour disputes, but he gave them clearly to understand that had it not been for the recommendation of the jury he should have passed a heavier sentence than he was about to do.
But Recorder John Aucott said he would not pass sentence until he had seen reports on the offender.
After consulting law books, she said she knew of no reason why she should not pass sentence over the phone.
I am asked to pass sentence on a man who has absented himself -a man who may have decided to take steps to end his life.
Judge Gareth Edwards QC waited 10 minutes to pass sentence ``to make sure he did not over-react to photographs of the victim.''
I do find it frustrating that if I pass sentence outside the guidelines, that's the first point the Court of Appeal makes."
Mr Justice Hart said he would pass sentence "as soon as possible", but fixed no date for the hearing.
Judge Nicholas Webb told Christopher Stanley, aged 33, he needed reports before he could pass sentence to determine if he posed a serious danger to the public.
Judge Richard Cole said he would not pass sentence until pre-sentence and psychiatric reports have been prepared on the youth, who was remanded in custody.