TOPEKA, Kan. (AP) _ Evaluations for Kansas judges facing a retention vote in the Nov. 4 election have been posted online to help voters decide whether to keep them on the bench.
The first report from the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance was posted early Friday. It evaluates individual judges based on confidential surveys of attorneys, witnesses, jurors, litigants, and others.
The only evaluations to be made public will be those of Kansas Supreme Court justices, Kansas Court of Appeals judges, and district and magistrate judges who are appointed. Evaluations of those in counties that elect judges will not be publicized.
The 2006 Legislature formed the commission after two years of studying the concept and how it has worked in other states.
The Kansas Judicial Report Card:
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