Tuesday, October 14, 2008

2008 CBA Cook County Judicial Retention / Judical Evaluation is Complete!

A number of visitors have been here looking for the 2008 Cook County judicial evaluations and recommendations on judicial retention for Chicago and the suburbs. Finally we can report that the Chicago Bar Association has posted the results online. There is a comprehensive guide here, but in the event you simply want no explanation, just a sheet you can print out and take to the polls with you, that is available, too.

UPDATE - October 24, 2008: An anonymous commenter was kind enough to stop by and leave a link to http://www.voteforjudges.org/, with judicial recommendation from a number of other bar associations in the Chicago area who also rank judges, including the the Alliance of Bar Associations recommendations. If you have a particular interest in niche recommendations, including the Chicago Council of Lawyers (left-leaning but highly respectable with an interest in rights of the accused), Decalogue Society (Jewish Lawyers), and several other groups whose names are self-explanatory, you might want to see those recommendations as well.

We would also note that the vast number of judges fared very well in their reviews, the result of years of work by Cook County lawyers and the voters who are dedicated to justice for all. The Wilmette blog remains strongly opposed to so-called "merit selection of judges" schemes, which have been floated from time-to-time by both political parties. "Merit selection" is a political appointment wolf dressed in sheep's clothing. We do believe that being accountable to the voting public is the best oversight of judicial power.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

Cook County voters can also visit: www.VoteForJudges.org and review the evaluations of the judges seeking re-election by 11 different bar associations. Vistors to the site can also print out sample ballots to take with them when they go into the polling booths. This is a non-partisan voter education campaign and I encourage all voters to visit before they vote!

Oct 22, 2008, 11:56:00 AM  
Blogger Publia said...

Thanks, anon, for the tip. We have put your information on the original post via an update.

Oct 24, 2008, 11:37:00 AM  

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