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Judicial Evaluations

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What goes into a performance evaluation? 

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Surveys

Surveys are collected from court users.

Surveys Ask Questions About:

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

Observations

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

Commissioners Look For: 

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

Interviews

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

Discussion:

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

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Commission Findings

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