In an attempt to defuse ideological litmus tests seen as fueling attacks on the judiciary and threatening its independence, the ABA has revised its guidelines for evaluating state court judges. While the old guidelines were meant mainly for self-improvement, the new proposals seek to educate the people who re-elect or reappoint judges. The guidelines ask that judges be judged by objective criteria, including a willingness to make impartial, difficult and unpopular decisions based on law and fact.
ABA Offers New Way to Judge the Judges
The National Law Journal
May 5, 2005