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From Boston Bar Journal: Judging Judges

by Chief Justice Paula Carey and Judge Janet Sanders

Voice of the Judiciary

You open your email and there it is – a special invitation from the Supreme Judicial Court.  You have been chosen to evaluate those trial court judges sitting in a county in which you have recently appeared on a case.

Your participation is critical, it says.  And if you do participate, your identity cannot be determined.  You are skeptical of both statements.  No one will take what you say seriously anyway, right?

Wrong.  The SJC’s Judicial Performance Evaluations program, now twelve years old, is more robust than ever.  It is the cornerstone of a larger effort to improve and enhance the judiciary on a state wide basis.

If you complete the evaluation, your responses together with the responses of other attorneys who have appeared before that judge in the preceding two years are shared not only with the evaluated judge but also with that judge’s chief.  The results of the evaluation can have a real impact on deciding what steps judges should take to further develop their judicial skills.

Read the full article here.

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