How To Decide What Judges To Vote For

Most voters do not encounter judges in their day to day life.  So when November comes and it’s time to vote, what to do about the judges up for retention on the ballot?  Maybe you’ve never even heard their names.  Turns out there is a tool that you can use to inform your vote.  It is called the 2018 Judicial Performance Review by the Iowa State Bar Association.  Judges are evaluated and rated by attorneys on the following criteria:

  • Perception of factual issues
  • Punctuality for court proceedings
  • Attentiveness to evidence and arguments
  • Management and control of the courtroom
  • Temperament and demeanor
  • Clarity and quality of written opinions
  • Promptness of rulings and decisions
  • Avoids undue personal observations or criticisms of litigants, judges and lawyers from bench or in written opinions.
  • Decides cases on basis of applicable law and fact, not affected by outside influence.
  • Is courteous and patient with litigants, lawyers and court personnel.
  • Treats people equally regardless of race, gender, age, national origin, religion, sexual orientation, socio-economic status or disability.

Voters can look up judges by district. Counties are listed so you can determine which judicial district you reside in.   To find out who will be on your ballot when you go to vote and how they scored on the 2018 Judicial Performance Review, click on the link below.  Happy voting!

Click to access 2018_Judicial_Performance_Re.pdf

The Iowa State Bar Association
625 East Court Avenue
Des Moines, Iowa 50309
(515) 243-3179


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