NEW HAMPSHIRE JUDICIAL BRANCH

TRIAL COURT

JUDICIAL PERFORMANCE EVALUATION QUESTIONNAIRE


The New Hampshire Supreme Court is committed to improving performance of judges through regular performance evaluations. Your candid responses to this questionnaire will assist an Administrative Judge in assessing the performance of the judge named below. Narrative comments are very helpful: please use the "Comments" section at the end of this questionnaire to make additional observations about the judge's performance. To preserve confidentiality, please do not sign this questionnaire.

Judge/Master:                                                                                                                    

Court:                                                         Date:                                                           

 

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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PERFORMANCE
1. Ability to identify and analyze relevant issues.

O

O

O

O

O

O

2. Judgment in application of relevant laws and rules.

O

O

O

O

O

O

3. Giving reasons for rulings, when needed.

O

O

O

O

O

O

4. Clarity of explanation of rulings.

O

O

O

O

O

O

5. Adequacy of findings of fact.

O

O

O

O

O

O

6. Clarity of judge's decision (either oral or written).

O

O

O

O

O

O

7. Completeness of judge's decision.

O

O

O

O

O

O

8. Punctuality.

O

O

O

O

O

O

9. Resourcefulness and common sense in resolving problems arising during the proceeding.

O

O

O

O

O

O

10. Credibility of the judge's settlement appraisals.

O

O

O

O

O

O

11. Decisiveness.

O

O

O

O

O

O

 

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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TEMPERAMENT AND DEMEANOR
12. Fostering a general sense of fairness.

O

O

O

O

O

O

13. Absence of coercion, threat or the like in settlement efforts (if less than adequate or poor, please explain in comments section).

O

O

O

O

O

O

14. Courtesy to participants.

O

O

O

O

O

O

15. Open-mindedness.

O

O

O

O

O

O

16. Patience.

O

O

O

O

O

O

17. Absence of arrogance.

O

O

O

O

O

O

18. Maintaining order in the courtroom.

O

O

O

O

O

O

19. Demonstration of appropriate compassion.

O

O

O

O

O

O

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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JUDICIAL MANAGEMENT SKILLS
20. Effectiveness in narrowing the issues in dispute, when appropriate.

O

O

O

O

O

O

21. Moving the proceeding in an appropriately expeditious manner.

O

O

O

O

O

O

22. Maintaining appropriate control over the proceeding.

O

O

O

O

O

O

23. Allowing adequate time for presentation of the case in light of existing time constraints.

O

O

O

O

O

O

24. Appropriateness of the judge's settlement initiatives (if less than adequate or poor, please explain in the comments section).

O

O

O

O

O

O

25. Thoughtfully exploring the strengths and weaknesses of each party's case in settlement discussions with the attorneys.

O

O

O

O

O

O

26. Skill in effecting compromise.

O

O

O

O

O

O

 

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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LEGAL KNOWLEDGE
27. Knowledge of relevant substantive law.

O

O

O

O

O

O

28. Knowledge of rules of procedure.

O

O

O

O

O

O

29. Knowledge of rules of evidence.

O

O

O

O

O

O

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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ATTENTIVENESS            
30. Attentiveness.

O

O

O

O

O

O

31. Ability to really listen.

O

O

O

O

O

O

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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BIAS AND OBJECTIVITY
32. Absence of bias and prejudice based on race, sex, ethnicity, religion, social class, or other factor (if less than adequate or poor, please explain in the comments section).

 

O

 

O

 

O

 

O

 

O

 

O

33. Even-handed treatment of litigants (if less than adequate or poor, please explain in the comments section).

O

O

O

O

O

O

34. Even-handed treatment of attorneys (if less than adequate or poor, please explain in the comments section).

O

O

O

O

O

O

Please fill in the circle O that best reflects your opinion of the judge's performance in each area.

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DEGREE OF PREPAREDNESS
35. Doing the necessary "homework" on the case.

O

O

O

O

O

O

36. Rendering rulings and decisions without unnecessary delay.

O

O

O

O

O

O

 

COMMENTS

Narrative comments are very useful in this evaluation process. Please use the space below, or attach a separate sheet of paper, to provide narrative comments. The narrative comments will be provided to the judge either verbatim or in summary form; however, to preserve confidentiality, anything in the comments that may identify the person making the comment will be removed.

                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             
                                                                                                                                                                                             

BACKGROUND INFORMATION

The background information requested on this page is voluntary and will be kept in strict confidence. The judge being evaluated will not be supplied with any information which could identify the evaluator.

37. Please indicate approximately how many times you have appeared before or observed this judge in the last three years.  

O Less than 5

 

O 5-10

 

O 10-25

 

O More than 25

38. If you are a lawyer, how many years have you practiced law? O Less than 5 O 5-10 O 10-25 O More than 25
39. If you are a lawyer, what percentage of your time and practice is within this judge's jurisdiction? O Less than 5% O 5-10% O 10-25% O More than
25%
40. If you are a lawyer, is your practice principally conducted in the county in which this judge presides?
O Yes

O No
   
41. Types of cases in which you generally appear before or observe this judge:
  O Juvenile O Marital
  O Domestic violence petitions O Guardianship of minor
  O Criminal non-jury O Adoptions
  O Criminal jury O Termination of parental rights
  O Civil / equity non-jury O Other
  O Civil jury  

 

 

Thank you for your assistance.

Please return this form directly to:

District Court Administrative Judge

P.O. Box 389

Concord, NH 03301