April 30, 2010
2010 Judicial Performance Poll Results
Courts of Appeals, Common Pleas, and Domestic Relations/Juvenile benches were rated by attorneys in the Columbus Bar Association Performance Poll 2010.
The judges of three Franklin County courts received generally favorable ratings for their skills on the bench from the attorneys who appear before them, according to the poll released by the Columbus Bar.
The poll was conducted by VoteNet Systems and ballots were emailed to all attorneys in central Ohio. Ballots were also accessible through a link on the Columbus bar website or by going directly to VoteNet’s site. The results tally responses from attorneys who indicated they had appeared in the last two years before the judge they were rating. The total number of responses was down from prior years, but it was not unexpected. “It may take another election/poll before attorneys are used to not receiving the ballots in the mail,” said Executive Director Alex Lagusch. “We hope members will take note that the Board of Governors election will go online for voting May 5 through noon on May 14.
The Columbus Bar sponsors the judicial performance poll annually, producing a grade card between elections that helps both voters and judges. Voters can watch their elected court officers, and judges can note how they are perceived in the legal community. It 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.