The Supreme Judicial Court’s Judicial Performance Evaluation program is an important tool for enhancing judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. Crucial to this effort is the full participation of the bar.
Judges of the District, Superior, Probate and Family, Housing and Juvenile Courts in Bristol, Barnstable, Dukes and Nantucket counties will be evaluated starting February 17th by attorneys, court employees and jurors.
The Court asks that any attorney who receives an email invitation to participate should take the time to log in and complete the questionnaire, as the more responses received, the more helpful the judicial evaluations will be. The Supreme Judicial Court’s evaluation program is the best opportunity for attorneys to offer their opinions of the members of the judiciary. Attorneys who have appeared in the selected courts during the last two years will receive a list of judges whom the attorney was scheduled to appear before. As required by statute, the electronic system keeps the evaluations confidential and anonymous. The attorney’s responses do not arrive at the Supreme Judicial Court with the attorney’s email address but with a randomly generated respondent code that cannot be traced back to the attorney.
The aggregate evaluation results will be transmitted to the judge, the Chief Justice of the judge’s court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court and the Chief Justice of the Trial Court.