Judicial performance scores ready for review
The 2014 election season is almost here, and with it comes the latest survey report from the Judicial Performance Evaluation program of the North Carolina Bar Association. JPE Survey – Phase I includes evaluations of 17 Superior Court and 103 District Court judges eligible for election in 2014.
Survey results are accessible via a special website, ElectNCJudges.org.
The judges included in the survey report were elected or appointed to the bench before March 31, 2013, and their terms expire in 2014. Members of the North Carolina bar completed more than 31,000 individual evaluations for this survey.
Phase II of the JPE survey process will take place in March for dissemination to the media and the voters in mid-April at ElectNCJudges.org. In Phase II, North Carolina lawyers will evaluate the qualifications of Superior and District Court judges appointed after March 31, 2013, whose terms expire in 2014, and non-incumbent candidates who file for election to the Superior or District Court during the filing period in February.
For purposes of fairness, impartiality and confidentiality, the surveys are conducted by an independent consulting firm.
The results of the NCBA Judicial Performance Evaluation survey reports were made available to the public for the first time in 2012. North Carolina is believed to be the only state in the nation with access to comprehensive evaluations of all candidates for the trial court bench.