Even with all the research voters do, it has been found that they get to the judges’ section and are puzzled as to how to cast their vote.
In comes the Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (JPEC) with the solution. The JPEC is an independent, government agency that evaluates the performance of all state court and justice court judges. It was established by the Utah State Legislature in 2008.
The JPEC evaluates judges on seven performance standards including:
- Legal ability
- Administrative skills
- Integrity and judicial temperament
- Procedural fairness
- Judicial education
- Judicial discipline
- Time standards
The goal of the JPEC is to provide information to voters before every judicial retention election, provide judges with performance feedback, and foster a level of public accountability of the judiciary.