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The criteria and measurement tools used by today’s JPE programs were first developed in the 1980s. They emphasize politically neutral qualities of judging like impartiality, efficiency, transparency, consistency, honesty, and integrity, and reflect a philosophy that judges should be accountable for the process of adjudication rather than specific case outcomes. IAALS’ research has highlighted a clear public consensus for this vision.

However, the tools for measuring judicial performance, and the way in which evaluations are used, no longer fully capture the experience of modern court users, the needs of modern judges, or expectations of modern voters. Changes in technology and society have altered the public’s perception of—and relationship with—the courts in the 21st century. Therefore, even longstanding and well-regarded JPE programs need to update their approaches to remain accurate, trusted, and relevant.

JPE 2.0 represents an effort to address these issues, by thinking creatively about how to maintain the core goals of JPE while also being responsive to emerging best practices and legitimate concerns about antiquated techniques. With the assistance of a Task Force comprised of leaders of JPE programs around the country, IAALS will identify the issues and problems to be addressed by the next generation of JPE and conduct comprehensive research to inform decisionmakers. IAALS will ultimately host a convening of diverse stakeholders to consider the role of current JPE programs—both for the judiciary and the public—and to inform recommendations to improve JPE programs around the country.

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