After locksmith Joe Sands is acquitted of charges he cooperated in a burglary, master criminal Steve Benson, who poses as a philanthropist, asks him to join his gang. Joe refuses, but because his crippled brother needs an operation, he robs a safe. Joe is caught, but Sadie, a member of Benson's gang, saves him. Because Joe again refuses Benson's offer, Benson turns Joe over to the police. Joe is saved from prosecution by the man whose safe he robbed, the physician who operated on his brother. Finally, Joe, Sadie and the brother start life over in the country.
This film was released in Great Britain until the title The Problem Eternal. Judgement should not be confused with a foreign production of the same title distributed by World at about the same time. In that film, based on Victor Hugo's Marie Tudor, Ellen Richter played the title role.