Judicial Court's Judicial Performance Evaluation
Seeks Lawyer Response in Evaluation of Judges in Superior Court
part of the ongoing program to evaluate and enhance
judicial performance, the Supreme Judicial Court's
Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee has sent
questionnaires to attorneys, court employees and jurors
for Superior Court judges in Middlesex and Suffolk
whose email addresses are known to the Supreme Judicial
Court receive an invitation to use the evaluation website
and are given a username and password. Out of the approximately
8,000 attorneys selected for the evaluation, approximately
7,000 will be able to complete the evaluation on-line.
Attorneys can register their email address with the Supreme
Judicial Court for future evaluations at http://judeval.sjc.state.ma.us/?go=reg.
Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee requests that
attorneys who receive questionnaires 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 enables
the Committee to provide judges with fair and complete
evaluations. Lawyers who have appeared in court multiple
times in these counties during the last two years, according
to computerized court records, have received questionnaires.
The deadline for returning the paper questionnaire is
June 26, 2009; the electronic questionnaire is due by
July 15, 2009.
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.
questionnaires, both paper and electronic, are anonymous;
the resulting reports are also confidential and are given
only to the judge being evaluated and to the appropriate
the inception of the program in 2001, evaluation has
been conducted in all the counties in the Commonwealth.
Judges are now being evaluated for the third time.
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 email@example.com For
other information, please contact Joan Kenney, Public
Information Officer, Supreme Judicial Court, at (617)
557-1113, or via email at firstname.lastname@example.org.