As the other reviewers have noted, this is a somewhat predictable and slow courtroom drama. However, relative to some of the other "character development" episodes shoehorned into the 1st season, this one at least bothers with a slightly interesting storyline.
The best scenes in the episode are those featuring Sisko and Dax, alone. Intercharacter relationships were key to DS9, and this evolved into one of the most important. Even here, Avery Brooks and Terry Farrell have some great chemistry. Aside from Odo and Bashir, who each get secondary roles, the other characters are there mostly for the scenery.
The guest appearance by Anne Haney as a gruff, no-nonsense Bajoran judge is also welcome.