University of Denver

A Performance Evaluation Program for the Federal Judiciary

Denver University Law Review

This article begins with a discussion of the purpose and design of JPE programs, gleaned from more than thirty years of experience at the state level.

Part II explores the sporadic history of federal JPE, and explains the historical objections to evaluation of federal judges.

Part III proposes a series of pilot studies to test different methods of implementing JPE programs.

Finally, Part IV discusses some of the more challenging issues presented by the establishment of a federal JPE program, and offers topics for further reflection and research.