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What we can surmise in Chapter 16 is that Judge Taylor not only took his court seriously, he understood the people in it. He understood that frequently people just felt the need to air their disagreements rather than litigate (ie the Cunningham case). He is a sober clear thinking judge and, like Atticus, strives for justice. Judge Taylor gives Atticus the Robinson case in the first place so Tom could at least have a fighting chance with a white jury filled with bigotry.