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• To collect and disseminate valid information about each judges performance so that voters may make informed decisions about whether or not to retain that judge in office.• To provide judges with useful feedback about their performance so that they may become better judges and to thereby improve the quality of the judiciary as a whole;• To promote public accountability of the judiciary while ensuring that the judiciary continues to operate as an independent branch of government.
To accomplish these goals, the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission conducts multi-faceted evaluations of judges. A key part of the Commission's evaluation process is a survey of people who have had sufficient experience with a judge to develop an informed opinion about his or her performance. These people include attorneys, jurors, and court staff.
Those surveyed are asked to evaluate the judges on their legal ability, integrity and judicial temperament, and administrative ability. In addition, the Commission conducts a courtroom observation program, and ensures compliance with disciplinary and education standards.
As judges stand for retention elections, the Commission makes a public recommendation regarding whether the judge should be retained in office. The voters ultimately decide whether or not each judge will continue to serve in office.
The current members of the Commission on Judicial Performance are:
• Anthony Schofield, Commission Chair and retired 4th District Court judge appointed by the Supreme Court.• Eric DeRosia, citizen, appointed by the Supreme Court.• Diana Allison, citizen, appointed by the Governor.• Nate Alder, attorney, appointed by the Governor.• John P. Ashton, attorney, appointed by the Supreme Court.• Robert S. Fotheringham, citizen, appointed by the Supreme Court.• Joanne Rigby, retired justice court judge, appointed by the Governor.• Ron Gordon, attorney and executive director of the Commission on Criminal and Juvenile Justice.• Dave Lambert, attorney, appointed by the Senate.• David Roth, retired 2nd District Court judge, appointed by the Governor.• Ann Marie McIff Allen, attorney, appointed by the House of Representatives.• Kelsie Strong, citizen, appointed by the Senate.• Shannon P. Sebahar, citizen, appointed by the House of Representatives.
The executive director of the Commission is Joanne C. Slotnik.