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--Justice Sandra Day O'Connor

Judicial Accountability & Evaluation Resources


Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System 

  • IAALS University of Denver
  • National Map  with Judicial Performance Evaluation Information
  • State Summary of Judicial Performance Evaluation Programs


American Judicature Society


National Center for State Courts

Other resources, as identified by a National Center for State Courts resource guide:

  • Kourlis,Rebecca Love et al. Shared Expectations: Judicial Accountability in Context. Denver: Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (2006).  Covers reasons, goals, and evaluates best approaches to JPE, while outlining history and practices in several states. Appendices in the full report include model surveys for attorneys, jurors, and litigants; overview of JPE programs; requirements by state; and model self-assessments. 

  • Transparent Courthouse: A Blueprint for Judicial Performance Evaluation. University of Denver, Institute for the Advancement of the American Legal System (2006).  This resource can be used to help courts design a program to improve accountability through judicial performance evaluation.  The book includes basic tenets and values inherent in such programs, a checklist to guide those starting program, benchmarks, sample statutes and court orders, and model surveys.
  • Black Letter Guidelines for the Evaluation of Judicial Performance. American Bar Association  (February 2005).  The document provides a list of categories that should be investigated when evaluating the performance of judges: goals of the program, uses of the program, dissemination of the data from the evaluations, administration and support, criteria of the evaluation, and methodology. 


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