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Cross-Examination Debate
CX Debate Judge Criteria
  1. Debate is a contest in arguing a specific resolution. Each affirmative team will interpret the resolution differently. Your task is to determine whether the affirmative proves that the adoption of the resolution would be in the best interests of the United States.
  2. Regardless of your judging philosophy, there are generally six types of arguments which may evolve in a debate round. To make your judgment, you should take notes, and after the round, balance the issues. This will help you determine, based on what the debaters presented, whether adopting the resolution is in the best interests of the United States.
    a. Topicality a. Whether the affirmative plan supported by the case is within the current resolution.
    b. Harms b. Who or what is being hurt.
    c. Significance c. Whether the harm the affirmative talks about is really important.
    d. Inherency d. Whether the problem the affirmative talks about can be solved by the present system without much modification.
    e. Solvency e. Whether the affirmative plan can meet the needs described in the affirmative case.
    A common negative issue
    f. Disadvantages f. Whether the affirmative plan would create additional problems beyond meeting the affirmative needs.
  1. Making the decision:
    1. Is the case topical? Unless the negative disproves this, assume it is. If not vote negative. DON'T USE YOUR OWN BIAS.
    2. Inherency/Solvency Balancing. Balance how much of the problem can be solved by the affirmative proposal. If part of the problem remains, go on.
    3. Significance/Disadvantages Balancing. Balance the gains expected with the affirmative system over the present system with any disadvantages the negative has proven will occur in the new system. If the advantages outweigh the disadvantages, vote affirmative. If not, vote negative.
  1. Speed of delivery: Some debaters have developed an excessively rapid style of delivery that interferes with the element of communication that is basic to debate. The ballot provides an avenue for indicating to the debater that his speed of delivery did or did not interfere with communication. The speaker whose speed of delivery is considered excessive should be given a 2 or 3 in speaker points. The speaker whose delivery is not considered excessively rapid should be given a 4 or 5 in speaker points. If the speaker's speed of delivery interferes with your ability to follow the course of the debate, you should also lower the speaker points in those categories where the debater failed to communicate.


  2. Filling out the ballot:
    1. Record decision (affirmative or negative)
    2. Award points (30 points is highest) to each debater.
    3. Award ranks (1,2,3,4 with 1st being awarded to the debater with the most points and so on) to debaters. Points and ranks should correspond.
    4. Write your reasons for your decision in the space provided.
    5. Sign your ballot.




Sample Filled Ballot

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