The King County Bar Association Judicial Candidate Evaluation Committee rates candidates for appointment or election to King County Municipal, District, and Superior Courts; and to state appellate courts for contested elections. The ratings are published for contested elections; they are not published in the case of candidates being rated for appointment. The evaluation process utilizes a representative body of the King County Bar Association as well as public lay members in its 85-member judicial candidate evaluation committee. The committee undertakes a fair and comprehensive rating process designed to create a high quality bench and assist the public by providing them with important information on judicial candidates.
Separate from these ratings, the KCBA Judicial Officer Survey reports on voluntary evaluations completed by attorneys who appeared before all sitting judges. These surveys are published every four years for Superior Court and limited jurisdiction courts (e.g., 2016 for Superior Court, 2018 for District Court).
KCBA Ratings of Candidates in 2016 Judicial Elections
KCBA Does not issue ratings for appointment to the Court of Appeals or the Washington State Supreme Court.
In the Bar Bulletin, KCBA has published several articles about the bar’s screening committee and the general rating process used to evaluate candidates seeking appointment and election to judicial office.
Judicial Ratings: A Critical KCBA Public Service, by Andrew Prazuch, August 2008.
Judicial Appointments Put Focus on Screening process, by Raegen Rasnic and David Koch, April 2008.
Screening Committee Takes Candidates’ Stock, by David Strout and Terence Scanlan, August 2006.
Click here for a general explanation of the rating process.
If you wish to be screened by the committee for judicial appointment or election, you must provide the following documents:
Sitting judges, commissioners and magistrates are honorary KCBA members and work collaboratively on many KCBA committees and projects. The Bench Bar conference is a recurring opportunity for members of the legal profession and the judiciary to come together to discuss topics of common interest.
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