Judicial Performance Evaluation
Since opening its doors in 2006, IAALS has been at the forefront of efforts to improve and expand programs for evaluating the performance of state and federal judges. We have earned a reputation as the “go to” group for research, recommendations, and practical assistance in the JPE field.
We have accomplished this by serving, in a number of contexts, as a convener of JPE program administrators, judges, lawmakers, and scholars who are committed to promoting and ensuring effective judicial performance evaluation in states around the country.
IAALS’ JPE Working Group provides an essential forum for this convening. Founded in 2007 with JPE program administrators and scholars from seven states, the group now benefits from the participation of representatives of 15 states.
IAALS has also convened two national conferences on the topic of judicial performance evaluation. Our first conference in 2008 focused on the development, structure, and improvement of JPE programs across the nation, and in 2011, our second national conference focused on performance evaluation for appellate judges.
Our JPE Working Group and our national JPE conferences, in addition to our ongoing research and information gathering in this area, position us well to serve as an adviser to states that are considering the adoption of robust JPE programs.
- Book Chapter: Judicial Performance Evaluation (from The Improvement of the Administration of Justice, 8th Edition, available here)
- Article: Using Judicial Performance Evaluation to Promote Judicial Accountability
- Article: Knowing Is Half the Battle: A Proposal for Prospective Performance Evaluations in Judicial Elections
- Article: A Performance Evaluation Program for the Federal Judiciary