sit in judgment on(redirected from sit in judgment over)
sit in judgment on (one)
To make a judgment about one (for something they have done). The defendant's notoriety made it difficult to find anyone who could sit in judgment on him without bias.
sit in judgment on (someone)
1. Literally, to sit as a juror in order to decide if someone is guilty of something or not. The defendant's notoriety made it difficult to find anyone who could sit in judgment on him without bias.
2. By extension, to make a judgment about someone for something he or she has done. To anyone who is sitting in judgment on the family for their actions, I urge you to think carefully about what you might have done in a similar situation.
sit in judgment (up)on someone or something
to make a judgment about someone or something. (Upon is formal and less commonly used than on.) I don't want to sit in judgment upon you or anyone else, but I do have some suggestions. There is no need to sit in judgment on the proposal at this time.