The Missouri Bar has released its Judicial Evaluation Survey which rates the state’s judges who will be on ballots, next month, in retention elections. The Survey grades appeals court judges in such categories as courtesy, fairness, clarity of writing, integrity, and legal analysis. Trial judges are graded in those categories and others, including attentiveness, decisiveness, diligence, impartiality, and settlement skills. Dale Doerhoff, President of The Missouri Bar, says the Survey does not offer recommendations. And, there’s a good reason for that. Doerhoff says the Survey’s only goal is a more informed electorate. All ratings are on a scale of 1 to 5: 1 the lowest grade; 5 the highest. 60 judges are standing in retention elections this year. All received passing grades.
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