Implicit Gender Bias in State-Sponsored Judicial Performance Evaluations: A Preliminary Analysis of Colorado's JPE System, 2002-2012
29 Pages Posted: 26 May 2013
Date Written: April 11, 2013
The Colorado system of judicial performance evaluations is the Cadillac of JPEs; they spend more money on their system than other states, and their system has been designed by experts. Even still, disparities in the scores of female and male judges persist. These disparities cannot be explained away using objective measures of judicial performance. The gap appears in the attorney survey stage. The commission's recommendations are based largely on the recommendations from these problematic attorney surveys. What's more, the commission adds another layer of gender bias on top of that included in the attorney surveys.
Keywords: judicial performance evaluation, gender bias, implicit bias
JEL Classification: K40
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