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Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System

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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

A Strategy for Judicial Performance Evaluation in New York
October 1, 2009Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer

In this essay, the authors describe how JPE programs work, consider what lessons those programs offer for judicial screening and judicial selection in New York, and explain how both the citizens and judges of New York would benefit from an official, comprehensive JPE program.

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America’s Judicial Selection Wars
February 1, 2009

There are two common methods for selecting judges: elections and merit selection. We have only to look at this past election season to understand how these methods support or undermine the ideal of an impartial American judiciary.

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Cover Art: Survey: Colorado Voter Opinions on the Judiciary

Survey: Colorado Voter Opinions on the Judiciary
November 1, 2008

This survey was conducted July 2007 and included 726 registered Colorado voters to better understand voter knowledge and opinions of Colorado’s judiciary in a range of areas.

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A Performance Evaluation Program for the Federal Judiciary
September 1, 2008Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer

This article provides an overview of judicial performance evaluation and its history, suggests a series of pilot studies to test different methods of implementation, and discusses some of the more challenging issues presented by the establishment of a federal JPE program.

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Cover Art: The Bench Speaks on Judicial Performance Evaluation

The Bench Speaks on Judicial Performance Evaluation
A Survey of Colorado JudgesJanuary 3, 2008

A 2008 survey of Colorado's appellate, district and county court judges to gauge their opinions on the effectiveness of the state's JPE process.

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