If you have any questions not covered here, please contact the project manager, Nathaniel Mildner at firstname.lastname@example.org or 1-800-293-1538 x112.
1. How was I chosen to evaluate this judge or judges?
To be selected to evaluate a judge, an attorney must have had at least one appearance before the judge during the past two years. In selecting attorneys, those with trial experience before the judge were selected first, and the remaining attorneys were selected based on the number of non-trial appearances. Those with more appearances were selected before those with fewer non-trial appearances. Pursuant to administrative rule, all attorneys who have at least one trial experience or three court appearances receive a survey.
2. I don’t know my password. Can you tell me what it is?
When you log in for the first time, you are asked to set your password. For your security, we do not have access to anyone’s password. You may reset it using the “forgot password” link on the login page.
3. I don’t have experience with the judge; may I opt out of participating?
Yes. One of the first questions on the survey asks if you have enough experience to feel qualified to evaluate the judge. Answering “No” will end the survey and let us know that you didn’t feel qualified to complete it.
4. In my email invitation, it says my password is “Omitted for Privacy.” What does this mean?
It means that you previously logged in and changed the password, likely during the 2015 survey administration. If you remember your password, you may either use it to log in, or you may use the “forgot password” link on the login page to reset it.
5. May I change my answers after I’ve submitted the survey?
Yes, if you log back into the survey portal, it will bring you to the dashboard page that shows the names of the judges you were invited to evaluate. Although they are marked “complete,” if you click on the arrow to the right of the judge’s name, it will bring up the option to re-take the survey.
6. Are my responses anonymous?
Yes, your survey results are never associated with your name or other identifying information. Further, results are presented in combined form only so that the judge only sees their scores averaged across all respondents. Only the senior researchers assigned to this project are aware that you have been asked to complete one or more evaluations; this information is not passed along to the judges, the bar, or to the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission.