May 20, 2015

2015 Judicial Performance Poll Results Announced

The results of the Columbus Bar Association online 2015 Judicial Performance Poll have been calculated. Judges who have held office for at least one year were rated on a new scale of one to five for performance in six categories: objectivity, judicial temperament, legal knowledge, quality of opinions, timeliness and sentencing. In previous years, the judges had been rated on a one to ten scale.

Included in the poll were Judges: Ted Barrows, Michael T. Brandt, Carrie E. Glaeden, James E. Green, Paul M. Herbert, Mark A. Hummer, James P. O’Grady, Andrea C. Peeples, H. William Pollitt Jr., Amy S. Salerno, Anne Taylor, David B. Tyack Scott D. VanDerKarr. Also included was Judge Daniel R. Hawkins from the Environmental Division.
Rating criteria was as follows:
• Five: Excellent,
• Four: Strong, minor improvement may be needed,
• Three: Acceptable, moderate improvement is recommended, judge is performing his or her responsibilities as a judicial officer to the minimum level believed acceptable by the reviewer,
• Two: Weak, significant improvement is recommended, judge is not on a whole performing his or her responsibilities as a judicial officer at a level believed satisfactory by the reviewer and
• One: Poor, judge is generally not performing his or her judicial responsibilities on a day-to-day basis at a level commiserate with the oath of office or for the benefit of the people of the jurisdiction he or she serves.

The Performance Poll was developed by the Columbus Bar in an effort to help maintain the high quality of our judiciary and to educate voters during an election year. The results are also an element considered by the Columbus Bar’s Judicial Screening Committee when interviewing judicial candidates prior to the fall elections.

The results tally responses from attorneys who indicated they had appeared before the judge they were rating in the last two years. All Franklin County attorneys were eligible to vote in the poll and 363 responses were received.