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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 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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A Fresh Look at Judicial Performance Evaluation in California
November 9, 2007Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer

JPE is a time-tested method of evaluating judicial performance along apolitical measures, such as freedom from bias, temperament on the bench, and communication skills. Now in use in nineteen states and under consideration in several more, a well-designed JPE program has the benefit of informing both the public and the courts about the strengths and weaknesses of individual judges, and educating the public about the role of judges generally. And perhaps of more immediacy, JPE has the potential to help dissipate attacks on judicial impartiality and independence by focusing the public on process-oriented judicial skills and away from specific case outcomes.

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Knowing Is Half the Battle
A Proposal for Prospective Performance Evaluations in Judicial ElectionsJuly 1, 2007Jordan M. Singer

This article proposes a two-pronged, comprehensive approach to providing proper, relevant information to voters on candidates in contested judicial elections.

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Using Judicial Performance Evaluation to Promote Judicial Accountability
March 1, 2007Rebecca Love Kourlis and Jordan M. Singer

This article summarizes the results of a recent comprehensive study of an existing but underutilized approach to process-oriented judicial accountability: judicial performance evaluation (JPE). The IAALS study concluded that, if properly designed and executed, JPE can be an effective means of building appropriate, shared expectations about the proper role of the judiciary, and may be implemented in every American jurisdiction.

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