May 6, 2016

Columbus Bar 2016 Judicial Performance Poll Results Announced

The results of the Columbus Bar Association online 2016 Judicial Performance Poll have been calculated. Judges who have held office for at least one year were rated on a scale of one to five for performance in categories unique to each court. Franklin County attorneys were asked to rate the judges of the 10th District Court of Appeals, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas General Division, the Franklin County Court of Common Pleas Domestic Relations Division/Juvenile Branch and the Franklin County Probate Court.

Rating criteria was on a five-point scale for each specific category, with five representing excellent, four representing generally strong, three representing acceptable, two representing weak and one representing poor. An overall rating was then calculated for each judge based of the specific category ratings.

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 547 responses were received.