Lawyers encouraged to rate judges


Clark County lawyers have until Aug. 12 to participate in the 2013 Judicial Performance Evaluation sponsored by the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

“Over the years, the survey has been regarded as a thorough and objective analysis of judicial performance,” said Michael Hengel, editor. “We think it is a helpful tool for voters, who otherwise would have a tough task assessing the job judges do.”

The evaluation is being conducted online. Confidential PIN numbers and passwords already have been mailed to 4,648 lawyers and allow them to access a website where they can rate judges.

Lawyers are instructed to rate only the judges with whom they have “personal, case-related experience.”

Chief Justice Kristina Pickering of the Nevada Supreme Court said the Review-Journal survey provides important information about Nevada’s judicial branch.

“It gives judges feedback, so they can improve. It also helps inform voters about the judges and justices they elect,” she said. “Response rates matter. Low response rates threaten the credibility of the results because they may mean that the sample is not representative. I encourage each of you who is eligible to take the time to respond.”

Significant results will be published in the Review-Journal in December, and complete results will be available on the newspaper’s website.

The Review-Journal will neither know nor disclose the identities of survey participants.

This is the 12th Judicial Performance Evaluation. The last survey was conducted in 2011.

The evaluation will cover 90 jurists: the justices of the Nevada Supreme Court, Clark County District Court judges, Clark County Family Court judges, and justices of the peace and municipal judges in Las Vegas, Henderson and North Las Vegas.

To avoid slow response time on the website near the Aug. 12 deadline, lawyers are encouraged to complete their input as soon as possible.

The survey is being conducted by Downey Research Consultants, a social research consulting firm in Northern Nevada.

Questions about survey procedures or methods may be directed to Downey Research Consultants at 702-461-9571 or nancy@downeyresearch.com.

Contact reporter Carri Geer Thevenot at cgeer@reviewjournal.com or 702-384-8710.

 

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