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November 2015 Bar Bulletin

Feedback Needed for Superior Court Judicial Survey


Feedback Needed for Superior Court Judicial Survey

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 will be emailed the first week of November, about the same time you receive this issue. 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.

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