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Judicial Evaluations


What goes into a performance evaluation? 


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Surveys are collected from court users.

Surveys Ask Questions About:

  • Integrity
  • Legal Knowledge
  • Communication
  • Temperament
  • Administration
  • Service to the Public


Commissioners observe the judge in their courtroom and review their performance.

Commissioners Look For: 

  • Voice
  • Neutrality
  • Respect
  • Fairness
  • Understandable
  • Plain Language

Opinion Review

Commissioners read decisions or opinions issued by each judge.

Review For:

  • Clearly states what the issue is
  • Basis for the decisions
  • How the judge got there
  • What is the outcome


The Judge and other interested parties are interviewed by the commission.


Opportunity to discuss the Commissioners' findings and what the judge is doing to address issues identifies in the evaluation.



Commission Findings

  • Determination if the Judge "Meets" or "Does Not Meet" Performance Standards
  • Vote count for the decision 
  • Narrative of the performance evaluation findings