Judicial Performance Evaluation Surveys

The Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission today announced the survey process to obtain input from attorneys on their experiences with appellate judges in the state. Over the next six weeks, lawyers who have participated in the appellate process, trial judges who have had cases appealed and reviewed in the appellate process, appellate court judges who have participated alongside other appellate judges in the appellate process, and court personnel who interact with appellate judges on a daily basis will be asked to evaluate that specific judge. The commission says that each survey should take no longer than 10 minutes to complete. Surveys will be distributed beginning June 3 and will continue through July 16. Each survey will be anonymous and will remain open for 14 days. Read the full email below.

From: Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission <jpec@tncourts.gov>
Date: Tue, 28 May 2013 12:12:39 -0500
To: Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission <jpec@tncourts.gov>
Subject: IMPORTANT - Tennessee Judicial Evaluation Commission - UPCOMING SURVEYS

The Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission seeks your input on your experience with our appellate judges. The Commission is charged with the responsibility of evaluating the work of our appellate judges and sharing those evaluations with the voting public along with a recommendation to retain or replace the judge.  An important part of the evaluation process is gathering the opinions of Tennessee lawyers who have participated in the appellate process, Tennessee state trial judges who have had cases appealed and reviewed in the appellate process, Tennessee appellate court judges who have participated alongside other appellate judges in the appellate process, and court personnel who interact with appellate judges on a daily basis.

You are receiving this email to notify you that over the next six weeks, you will receive one or more surveys seeking your evaluation of appellate judges. Each survey will indicate the appellate judge that you will be asked to evaluate. You will receive surveys on appellate judges who have heard or decided a case in which you represented a party, served with on an appellate panel, or worked with as court personnel. If you are a trial court judge, you will receive a survey on each appellate court judge.  You should be able to complete the survey for each judge in less than 10 minutes.  Surveys will begin to be distributed on June 3, 2013 and will continue until July 16, 2013. Surveys on only one appellate court judge will be distributed per day. The schedule has been arranged to stagger the distribution of surveys by court and grand division to try to minimize the likelihood of receiving a number of surveys during one week and none the next.

Your privacy and anonymity is important to the Commission to ensure we receive your honest evaluation of appellate judges. The Commission now utilizes a cost effective and efficient electronic survey that is distributed via email. In order to ensure your anonymity, we have established parameters for our surveys that prohibit us from knowing the email address or IP address from which a survey was sent. Using these settings will not allow us to send reminders to complete the survey(s), so we ask that you please complete these surveys as soon as practicable. Each survey will be open to allow responses for fourteen days. You will receive a separate email on each judge to be evaluated.  The email will contain a link to take you to the survey on that judge. It may be helpful to designate the email address from which this communication came, jpec@tncourts.gov, a trusted email address in your spam filters to ensure that you receive the surveys.
            
Each member of the Commission understands how busy you are.  However, we hope you will agree with us that we owe it to the public and to the judiciary to give an honest evaluation of our judges.  On behalf of the Commission, thank you for your participation in this important process.

Robert L. Jones
Chair, Tennessee Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission