Surveys of Judges by Attorneys

2017-2018 Survey Underway for Limited Jurisdiction Courts

How often has a colleague asked you what you think about a particular judge? As we know, every member of the bar has a different opinion based on personal experience. These opinions are critical to providing feedback on our judiciary.

Just as you would respond to a colleague’s email requesting your opinion about a judge, we ask that you participate in the King County Bar Association’s Judicial Officer Survey for King County District & Municipal Courts.

For the past 65 years, judges and attorneys have relied on KCBA surveys to provide valuable insight on our judiciary. The survey results, along with candidate ratings, debates and other information provided by the bar, offer an invaluable resource to the public about judicial performance.

Every two years, KCBA conducts these confidential surveys of attorneys for a different group of local judges. This year, King County District & Municipal Courts are the focus for the KCBA survey. All attorneys who have appeared in one of these courts from October 1, 2013 through September 30, 2017 will receive a survey by email.

A KCBA committee, chaired by past KCBA Trustee Carl Forsberg (Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.), reviews the survey results before public release of the results. Public defenders, prosecutors, private attorneys, current KCBA trustees, past KCBA presidents and retired judges serve on this committee.

This year’s KCBA survey is being conducted by a research firm in Alaska — Information Insights. KCBA has worked with this company for the past six years. The firm conducts a similar project with the Alaska Judicial Council, which is well regarded by both the bench and bar in Alaska.

The survey announcement and link will be emailed Friday, December 8, 2017. All lawyers in King County, whether or not a member of KCBA, will be reminded by email that the survey is under way. Attorneys will have until 5:00pm Wednesday, January 3, 2018, to complete the survey, and the results will be released in February.

If you have appeared before King County Superior Court judges or commissioners during the relevant period, but do not receive an email about the survey by December 11, please contact KCBA Executive Director Andrew Prazuch by email at andrewp@kcba.org or phone at 206-267-7061 so another survey can be sent to you.

Completing the survey is a fairly quick exercise. On average, the online survey takes the average attorney less than five minutes per judge to complete. But as an added incentive to complete the survey, this year all participating attorneys who wish will be entered into a drawing for a $250 Amazon.com gift card — instructions will appear in the survey.

Please join in this important expression of feedback to our judicial officers and respond when you receive your survey email.

 

 

 

Working to improve the administration of justice is an important part of the King County Bar Association’s mission.

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