Judicial Performance Review in Arizona: A Critical Assessment

26 Pages Posted: 24 Dec 2014

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Rebecca White Berch

Government of Arizona - Arizona Supreme Court

Erin Bass

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC

Date Written: December 4, 2014

Abstract

English Abstract: Judicial performance evaluations are a relatively new tool for assessing judges and providing information to voters to help them determine whether to retain judges in contested or retention elections. Arizona implemented its judicial evaluation program about 20 years ago, and since that time, the state has continually strive to improve its process. The result is that today Arizona has one of the most progressive and comprehensive judicial performance evaluation programs in the United States. This article takes a critical look at the strengths and weaknesses of Arizona’s program, keeping in mind two key values that the system seeks to protect: judicial accountability and judicial independence.

Spanish Abstract: Las evaluaciones del rendimiento judicial son una herramienta relativamente nueva para evaluar a los jueces y ofrecer información a los votantes, que les ayude a decidir si quieren reelegir a los jueces en las elecciones. Arizona implementó su programa de evaluación judicial hace unos 20 años, y desde ese momento, el Estado se ha esforzado continuamente en mejorar el proceso. El resultado es que hoy en día, Arizona tiene uno de los programas de evaluación del rendimiento judicial más progresistas e integrales de los Estados Unidos. Este artículo ofrece una mirada crítica a las fortalezas y debilidades del programa de Arizona, teniendo en cuenta dos valores clave que el sistema trata de proteger: la responsabilidad judicial y la independencia judicial.

Keywords: Judicial Performance Evaluation, Judges, Measurement, Evaluación del rendimiento judicial, jueces, medición

Suggested Citation

Berch, Rebecca White and Bass, Erin, Judicial Performance Review in Arizona: A Critical Assessment (December 4, 2014). Oñati Socio-Legal Series, Vol. 4, No. 5, 2014, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2533868

Rebecca White Berch (Contact Author)

Government of Arizona - Arizona Supreme Court

1501 West Washington Street
Suite 402
Phoenix, AZ 85007
United States

Erin Bass

Steptoe & Johnson PLLC ( email )

1330 Connecticut Avenue, N.W.
Washington, DC 20036
United States

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