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March 2012 Bar Bulletin

Superior Court Judges Evaluation Survey Under Way


For the past 64 years, the King County Bar Association has asked lawyers to evaluate sitting judges. Every two years we alternate the bar poll between the Superior Court bench and the municipal and district court benches, so each comes up for review every four years, with results released in advance of the fall judicial elections.

The last survey for Superior Court was published in January 2008, so we are currently conducting our 2012 poll before Superior Court elections later this year. We plan to release the results in early April.

This year's survey is being conducted by Washington State University Prof. David Brody, a nationally recognized expert in judicial evaluation metho­d­ology. Using data provided by the court, Prof. Brody is surveying all attorneys who appeared before a Supe­r­ior Court judge over the past two years.

This survey is not limited to KCBA members, but includes all attorneys who appeared in Superior Court. As a public service, we are surveying not just sitting judges but any judge who served during the past two years. We will turn to evaluations of Superior Court commissioners later this year.

If you have appeared before a judge in Superior Court during 2010 or 2011 and have not yet received an electronic survey, please contact Prof. Brody by email ( or phone (509-358-7952) so your experience can be included in our survey.


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