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Superior Court Judicial Officer Survey
Now Underway

Responses Due November 23, 2015

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 Superior Court. 

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 Superior Court is the focus for the KCBA survey. All attorneys who have appeared before King County Superior Court from October 1, 2011, through May 15, 2015, will receive a survey by email. 

A KCBA committee, chaired by past KCBA Trustee Carl Forsberg (Forsberg & Umlauf, P.S.), reviews the survey questions each year and confirms the methodology being used. Public defenders, prosecutors, private attorneys, current KCBA trustees, past KCBA presidents and retired judges serve on the committee. 

This year’s KCBA survey is being conducted by a research firm in Alaska — Information Insights. For the past 10 years, it has been responsible for 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 was emailed the first week of November. 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 9 a.m. Monday, November 23, to complete the survey, and the results will be released in January. 

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 November 9, 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.  Also note that the Court does not have electronic data on commissioner appearances, so attorneys with only commissioner appearances must contact KCBA to request a survey.

Finally, we have a special appeal to the bar. Each time KCBA conducts this survey, we see only about 10 percent of the surveys returned to us. While that number of replies does provide useful feedback to the bench, judicial officers could only benefit from higher completion rates. 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. 

And 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.  Responses are confidential.

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