As public interest in judges' professional performance grows, states' use of judicial performance evaluations has been on the rise. States are increasingly institutionalizing the evaluation process, passing statutes requiring the formation of a judicial evaluation commission. "Accountability for the judiciary is a hot topic," says Rebecca Kourlis of the Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System, "but the term 'accountable' is being held hostage by people who have political agendas."
States Look for Ways to Gauge Judge Performance
The National Law Journal
August 3, 2007
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