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Methods of Judicial Selection: New Jersey

Retention Evaluation Programs

One of the stated goals of New Jersey's judicial performance program is to enhance the process for reappointing judges. Attorneys evaluate judges before whom they have participated in actual cases, and appellate judges evaluate trial court judges when their rulings are appealed. Results of the evaluation are shared with the evaluated judge, the assignment judge, the supreme court, the governor, the senate judiciary committee, and the judicial evaluation commission. The program operates according to Rule 1:35A.

The supreme court appoints the members of the judicial performance committee and designates the committee chair. At least six members must be superior court judges who represent each of the divisions of the court, at least three members must be attorneys, and at least two members must be representatives of the general public. Committee members serve three-year terms and may be reappointed.