Rate My Judge
posted by Daniel Solove
Many professors lament the website RateMyProfessors.com, where anonymous students can post evaluations of professors. The comments are not a representative sample for any given class, are quite polarized, and there is little attempt to ensure that those commenting were actually students in a professor’s class.
Now, it seems as though judges are not immune. There’s a site for lawyers to anonymously rate and comment on federal district court judges — it’s called The Robing Room, and it dubs itself “the place where judges are judged.” According to the site’s description:
The Robing Room is a site by lawyers for lawyers. Our mission is to provide a forum for evaluating federal district court judges and magistrate-judges. . . .
When you fill out an evaluation questionnaire for a judge, we post your rating scores as well as your comments. The posted average is derived from your answers to the first starred questions in the questionnaire. Questions not answered are not included in the calculation to derive the average.
Some sample comments:
* Will not decide fairly motions, even after years. Communications with the Court are usually unanswered. Asking for the resolution of pending motions may result in the decision going against you. Avoid if possible!
* Dominated by her insecurities. Can be very rude and perfunctory. Seems to take pleasure in trying to embarrass criminal defense attorneys even in front of the jury. A judge to avoid if at all possible.
Hat tip: A3G