Supreme Judicial Court's Judicial Performance Evaluation Program Seeks
Response in Evaluation of Judges in Suffolk County
As part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court has recently sent questionnaires to attorneys and court employees in Suffolk County. Jurors who participate in trials will receive questionnaires upon completion of their jury duty for the next several months. Forty-three judges will be evaluated in the Boston Municipal Court, District Court, Juvenile Court, Housing Court, and Probate and Family Court Departments. Superior Court judges sitting in Suffolk County will be evaluated in the spring.
Attorneys who receive questionnaires should complete and return them to the Supreme Judicial Court as soon as possible, as the success of the evaluation program depends upon timely responses. A high rate of participation provides judges with fair and complete evaluations. Lawyers who have appeared in court multiple times in Suffolk County during the last two years, according to computerized court records, have received questionnaires. The deadline for returning the questionnaires is mid-April.
Attorneys whose email addresses are known to the Supreme Judicial Court receive an invitation inviting them to use the evaluation website and are given a username and password. Almost all of the 5700 attorneys selected for the evaluation will be able to complete the evaluation on-line. If attorneys wish the Supreme Judicial Court to have their email addresses for conducting evaluations in the future, email addresses can be registered at email@example.com.
Among the categories covered in the evaluations are: a judge's knowledge of the law; temperament on the bench; courtroom control; treatment of litigants, witnesses, jurors, and attorneys; fairness and impartiality; and, timeliness in issuing written decisions.
All questionnaires (both paper and electronic) are confidential and do not request the names of respondents. The resulting reports are also confidential and are given only to the judge being evaluated and to the appropriate Chief Justices.
Please direct any inquiries concerning questionnaires and evaluations to Mona Hochberg, Supreme Judicial Court Judicial Performance Evaluation Coordinator, at (617) 557-1156, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org For other information, please contact Joan Kenney, Public Information Officer, Supreme Judicial Court, at (617) 557-1113, or via email at email@example.com.