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Monday, Mar. 5, 2007
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SJC’s evaluation program to target Essex County courts in May

Evaluation program offers opportunity for attorneys to voice their opinions about members of the judiciary

The SJC's Judicial Performance Evaluation began in 2001 and in 2005 completed evaluating all the Trial Court judges. The purpose of the SJC's Judicial Performance Evaluation program is to enhance judicial performance and the quality of the judicial branch. Crucial to this effort is the full participation of the bar.

Judges are now being evaluated for the second time. Judges in District, Juvenile, Superior, Housing and Probate and Family courts in Essex County will be evaluated starting in mid-May by attorneys, court employees and jurors. 

Attorneys who have appeared repeatedly in these courts in the last two years, according to computerized court records, will receive questionnaires. Attorneys will either receive a copy of the questionnaire in the mail, or will receive an e-mail instructing them to complete the evaluation online. As required by statute, the evaluations are confidential and anonymous. The results will be transmitted to the judge, the chief justice of his/her court department, the Chief Justice of the Supreme Judicial Court, and the Chief Justice of Administration and Management. 

If you receive a questionnaire, the Judicial Evaluation Committee urges you to take the time to complete it. The more responses they receive, the more relevant the evaluations will be.

Questions or comments, contact Mona Hochberg at the SJC at (617) 557-1156 or via [e-mail Mona.Hochberg]">e-mail.

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