Every two years, the HBA asks its members to evaluate all members of the judiciary that serve in Harris County, as well as the Supreme Court of Texas and the Court of Criminal Appeals. The judges are evaluated in categories that include knowledge of the law, impartiality, efficiency, courtesy, written opinions, appropriate use of visiting judges, and an overall rating.
Each person evaluating a judge is asked to base his or her opinions on firsthand knowledge only. The Judicial Evaluation Poll is not an endorsement by the HBA of any judge.
There were 1,223 polls returned, representing 11 percent of the HBA's membership at the time of mailing.
The Judicial Evaluation Poll includes federal judges; magistrate judges; state and local appellate judges; civil, criminal, family, juvenile and probate judges; associate judges in the family and juvenile courts; IV-D masters; civil and criminal county court-at-law judges; municipal judges; justices of the peace; and visiting judges that sit frequently in Harris County courts.
Anyway. Other Badly Rated Judges of interest:
- The worst judge on the Court of Criminal Appeals was Cheryl Johnson, at 26.9/53.8. Cathy Cochran was best by a landslide, at 75.0/13.0. I feel compelled to note that Sharon Keller, my personal choice for worst judge in Texas, scored the next best on this poll, with 51.3/36.8; she was the only other majority-Outstanding judge.
- The worst judge on the Houston Court of Appeals was former Police Chief Sam Nuchia (19.5/53.9), with Sherry "wife of Steve" Radack the runner-up (33.6/41.4).
- Running last among US District Court judges was Vanessa Gilmore (19.0/49.6), who is currently presiding over the never-ending Enron Broadband trial.
- At the bottom of the Civil District Court judges' barrel is Tony "wife of Jon" Lindsay.
- Last and in some sense least is Justice of the Peace Betty Brock Bell, who scored an amazing 1.3% Outstanding/85.5% Poor. Bad ratings in this poll are nothing new to Judge Bell. Click that link to see her side of the story. Short version: this is a lawyers poll, and JP courts are not about lawyers.Posted by Charles Kuffner on May 21, 2005 to Legal matters | TrackBack