Evaluation Criteria

When Judge4Yourself.com Organizations interview and rate the candidates, we focus on the characteristics that make for a good judge: integrity, judicial temperament, diligence, professional competence and community involvement and understanding. Here’s more detail about what we consider:

Integrity


When the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations evaluate integrity, we consider the Candidate’s character, ethics and general reputation in the community. A Candidate with integrity demonstrates:

  • impartiality and independence,
  • honesty and trustworthiness,
  • compliance with the law,
  • a commitment to equal justice under the law.

A Candidate with integrity avoids:

  • impropriety or the appearance of impropriety,
  • ex parte communications about the merits of pending cases.

Additionally, if the Candidate has judicial experience, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider whether the Candidate:

  • promotes confidence in the courts and judiciary,
  • does not abuse the power of the bench,
  • makes decisions based on rules of law and principles of equity, rather than on public or personal opinion,
  • recuses ones self when appropriate, and only when appropriate,
  • makes appointments (e.g., assignment of counsel) solely on the basis of merit.

Judicial Temperament


In evaluating judicial temperament, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider whether a Candidate conducts him/herself in a manner that is:

  • dignified and even-tempered,
  • respectful to others,
  • courteous,
  • tactful,
  • patient, yet firm,
  • objective and even-handed,
  • open-minded,
  • compassionate.

Additionally, if the Candidate has judicial experience, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider whether the Candidate:

  • cooperates with other judges and court officials in the operation of the court,
  • shows willingness to listen to novel and unpopular positions,
  • does not coerce settlement.

Diligence


In evaluating diligence, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider a candidate’s work ethic and industry. A diligent Candidate is one who is:

  • hard working and efficient,
  • reliable and punctual,
  • well prepared for pretrials and hearings.

Additionally, if the Candidate has judicial experience, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider whether the Candidate:

  • issues timely decisions,
  • uses court time and resources efficiently,
  • complies with the Rules of Superintendence.

Professional Competence


In evaluating professional competence, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider the Candidate’s intellect, knowledge and experience. Professional competence is measured by:

  • legal knowledge and analytical ability,
  • sound personal and professional judgment,
  • familiarity with the court for which the Candidate seeks office and the law applicable to matters coming before the court,
  • trial and courtroom experience and/or distinguished accomplishments in a relevant field of law,
  • ability to communicate effectively both orally and in writing, administrative and organizational skills,
  • absence of bias or prejudice based on race, sex, gender, religion, national origin, ethnicity, disability, age, sexual orientation, marital status, socio-economic status or political affiliation, and refusal to participate in or permit harassment based on same.

Additionally, if a Candidate has prior judicial experience, the Judge4Yourself.com Organizations consider whether the Candidate:

  • follows applicable procedural and evidentiary rules,
  • correctly applies the law to the facts of each case,
  • educates him/herself regarding legal issues with which the Candidate is unfamiliar when such issues arise in cases,
  • provides reasonable accommodation for pro se litigants.

Community Involvement and Understanding


The Judge4Yourself.com Organizations also consider the Candidate’s professional activities and experience beyond the Candidate’s own legal practice or fulfillment of judicial duties, including:

  • active membership in bar associations and professional organizations,
  • teaching or lecturing at a law school or continuing legal education courses,
  • pro bono representation or activity,
  • community or public service,
  • diversity of life experiences,
  • understanding of the community the Candidate wishes to serve.