June 17, 2009
Supreme Court of Oregon
Re: Judicial Performance Evaluations in Oregon
Dear Hon. De Muniz:
The purpose of this letter is to recommend a formal statewide judicial performance evaluation system in Oregon. Specifically, where does The Supreme Court of Oregon stand on a formal statewide system of Judicial Performance Evaluations (JPE) for the judiciary in Oregon?
Enclosed you will find an outline of the presentation I made to the Oregon State Bar Board of Governors on June 12, 2009 in Tigard. I am taking the liberty of sending a copy of this communication to your Court members. May I direct your particular attention to the Blueprint for Judicial Performance Evaluations (Exhibit #5) compiled by University of Denver's Law School. Of all of the proposed templates for this subject, I believe this is the best one. I would be interested in meeting with you soon on JPE or otherwise cooperating with the Court and you to further study this worthwhile program. Accountability is lacking in Oregon's judiciary. Judicial evaluations would solve this problem, aid in providing information to Oregon's voters and possibly raise the esteem of the legal profession in our state. My specific recommendation is as follows:
Recommendation -- I recommend that a Task Force be formed under the auspices of Oregon's Public Official's Compensation Commission to study and implement a formal statewide judicial performance evaluation program in Oregon using the Blueprint (Exhibit #5) as a guide.
Thank you for your interest and consideration in these regards.
Very truly yours,
cc Oregon State Bar