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Advancing empirically informed models for choosing, evaluating and retaining judges

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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Cover Art: Transparent Courthouse®: A Blueprint for Judicial Performance Evaluation

Transparent Courthouse®: A Blueprint for Judicial Performance Evaluation
February 1, 2006

A companion to “Shared Expectations,” this publication provides useful tools to aid jurisdictions interested in establishing or improving a judicial performance evaluation program.

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Cover Art: Shared Expectations

Shared Expectations
Judicial Accountability in ContextJanuary 3, 2006

IAALS' first publication offers an overview of JPE standards and programs nationwide. It is one of our most requested and accessed publications.

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