University of Denver

An Informed Opinion: Direct Opinion Review and Appellate JPE

Director of Special Projects
Former Manager, Quality Judges Initiative

The Quality Judges Initiative's recommendations for reviewing written opinions as part of a performance evaluation program for appellate judges were featured in Trends in State Courts 2013, an annual publication of the National Center for State Courts.

Drawing upon insights gained from a national conference, an expert task force, and focus groups with appellate judges and attorneys, this recommended model addresses the evaluation teams who conduct the review, the selection of opinions to be reviewed, and the criteria and process for review. These recommendations constitute one component of a comprehensive model program for appellate JPE that we released in July 2013.