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History of Reform Efforts: Iowa

Active Organizations

Iowa State Bar Association
Since 1962, the Iowa State Bar Association has polled its members on how they would vote in judicial retention elections. In 2000, the bar expanded its poll, allowing attorneys who had appeared before each judge to do a detailed performance review. Judges are rated on a variety of factors, including knowledge of the law, objectivity, judicial temperament, trial management, and clarity of writing. Judges are also rated on their professional manner towards witnesses, jurors, lawyers, and court personnel and on how they treat individuals “regardless of race, sex, age, national origin or religion.” This detailed assessment allows voters to make an informed decision about whether to retain judicial candidates. Poll results are made available prior to each election on the bar's website.

League of Women Voters of Iowa