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Methods of Judicial Selection: Virginia

Retention Evaluation Programs

Virginia's judicial performance evaluation program was established by the general assembly in 2005. Evaluations were initially based solely on surveys completed by attorneys, but as of 2008, jurors and members of the department of social services and court services units also submit surveys. Evaluation reports for judges seeking reelection are provided to the chairmen of the house and senate committees for courts of justice. Reports are also provided to individual judges and a mentor or "facilitator" judge.