Judicial Evaluation

November 2016 General Election: CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee Findings


Candidates for judge appearing on the ballot in Cook County have been evaluated by the CBA’s Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC). In the Green Guide to Judicial Elections, the JEC offers evaluations of each candidate with the rationale for the evaluation as well as an in-depth explanation of the evaluation process.  The separate Pocket Guide is a single sheet that can be printed out and carried into the voting booth for easy reference when you vote. Please share this information with your coworkers, friends and family.




Please Note:
The Chicago Bar Association urges voters to elect only candidates found Highly Qualified or Qualified for judge. Please note all judges running for retention were found Qualified.


Paid for by The Chicago Bar Association Judicial Evaluation Fund. A copy of the CBA Report is available from the State Board of Elections.

About the JEC:
By Board resolution, the Judicial Evaluation Committee (JEC) is the semi-autonomous committee of The Chicago Bar Association that conducts evaluations of candidates for judicial offices and sitting judges seeking retention within Cook County. As a service to the public, the CBA reports the findings of the JEC for all elections. The evaluations are designed to inform the public and the courts of the qualifications, independence and integrity of judicial candidates. The CBA believes that the quality of the administration of justice in our courts is determined in large part by the quality of our judges. If you have any questions, please call or emailTherese Kurth at 312-554-2043. Members of the press, please contact Karen Highley, CBA Asst. Public Affairs Director, at 312-554-2013.

To access JEC forms and resources, use the navigation menu to the left.

Video Resource: Justice and Law Weekly - How the CBA Evaluates Judges
Watch the latest edition of the Chicago Bar Association’s “Justice and Law Weekly” to gain an insight into how candidates are evaluated by the Association’s Judicial Evaluation Committee and how these evaluations can help you make an informed choice on election day. On November 8, 35 candidates will be elected to fill vacancies on the Appellate and Circuit Court of Cook County, and 58 sitting judges are on the ballot seeking retention. Judge James Flannery of the Circuit Court of Cook County and CBA Judicial Evaluation Committee Chair Scott W. Henry of Segal McCambridge field questions from CBA President Dan Kotin of Tomasik Kotin Kasserman, LLC. Watch the episode now on the CBA’s YouTube Channel at