In order to improve the quality of the judiciary it is important to know how judges perform on the bench. Demeanor and temperament, adherence to precedence and court rules, knowledge of the law and sound reasoning, respect for all parties appearing before the court, thoughtfulness and absence of prejudice, as well as the ability to listen and consider mitigating circumstances, and courtroom efficiency are all attributes that together measure the abilities and quality of a judge.
As part of its on-going effort to improve our judiciary, Citizens for Judicial Excellence monitors the performance of elected judges and pro tems. Among the best people to evaluate that performance are the attorneys and citizens who appear before these judges.
CJE takes its mission of improving the judiciary seriously and asks for your help in providing us with accurate information on how judges are performing in the real world. While your identity and answers will remain strictly confidential, your input may significantly impact CJE’s position in future judicial elections and appointments. Please consider this potential impact in reporting your experience responsibly and accurately.
Use this form to provide us with information about your experience before a judge or pro tem. We welcome the evaluations from not just attorneys but parties to lawsuits as well as witnesses, jurors, observers and court staff who have been in the courtroom.
Your feedback will be used by CJE as a part of its judicial evaluations. Any personally identifiable information you provide will be held in the strictest confidence. If you are an attorney, we ask that you provide your WSBA number only for verification and weighing the ratings given the judge.
Judge & Judge Pro Tem Rating Form
Fields marked with an asterisk (*) are required and you cannot submit the form without providing this information. All other information is optional. If you would like to discuss at greater length your experience before a judge, please be sure to check the “contact me” box and provide the contact information requested. All communication will be kept confidential.