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A New Way to Communicate a Concern About a Judicial Officer

Posted By Paula Collis, Thursday, April 9, 2015

How have your experiences been with Santa Clara County judicial officers lately?  Ever wanted to provide feedback to a judge but just didn’t know how to do it?  Do you have an issue with a judge that you can’t resolve and don’t know where to turn? 

The Santa Clara County Bar Association (SCCBA) has a way for you to provide feedback or get your issue resolved through a constructive, confidential process. In 2014, the SCCBA implemented in conjunction with the Superior Court of Santa Clara County a Judicial Assessment Policy & Procedure.  Santa Clara County attorneys can use this procedure to provide any feedback, confidentially, regarding an individual judge or the court generally.  Attorneys can also use this procedure to get assistance resolving an issue with an individual judge.  The procedure is confidential, unless the attorney agrees that the matter may be discussed with the involved judge.  It is a simple procedure:  simply complete the online Request for Action whether is it confidential feedback or whether you are requesting assistance with a particular issue.

The Annual Report for the first year of the Judicial Assessment Policy & Procedure is currently available online.  The Judicial Assessment Committee was able to successfully resolve one attorney’s Request for Action regarding an individual judge.  The purpose of this new procedure is to provide a mechanism that will allow attorneys and judges to improve the administration of justice in Santa Clara County.  That can only occur if attorneys provide feedback to the bench, both constructive and positive.

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