Evaluation Criteria: In conducting their review of judicial Candidates, JCRC Organizations evaluate each Candidate based upon four criteria: competence for the position sought; diligence; integrity; and temperament and demeanor. JCRC Organizations do not take into account the Candidate’s political affiliation or ideology. The JCRC Organizations use the following shared definitions for the four criteria:
- Competence for the Position Sought: In evaluating competence for the position a Candidate is seeking, the JCRC Organizations consider a Candidate’s analytical ability, relevant legal knowledge and experience; the soundness of the Candidate’s professional and personal judgement; the Candidate’s familiarity with the court and the issues likely to arise in the court for which the Candidate seeks office and the community he or she seeks to serve; the Candidate’s ability to communicate effectively orally and in writing; and, as relevant, the Candidate’s administrative ability.
- Diligence: In evaluating diligence, the JCRC Organizations consider a Candidate’s work ethic and industry. A diligent Candidate is one who is hard-working and efficient; reliable and punctual; and well-prepared for all proceedings.
- Integrity: When the JCRC Organizations evaluate integrity, they consider a Candidate’s character, ethics, and general reputation in the community. A Candidate with integrity demonstrates honesty and trustworthiness; impartiality and independence; compliance with the law; and lack of bias with respect to race, color religion, sex, sexual identity, gender expression, age, marital or family status, national origin, disability, veteran status, political affiliation or economic status and refusal to participate in or permit harassment by other based on same.
- Temperament and Demeanor: In evaluating temperament and demeanor the JCRC Organizations consider whether a Candidate conducts him or herself in a manner that is dignified and even-tempered; demonstrates understanding and respect for others; and whether the Candidate approaches issues objectively and with an open mind.