Judicial Evaluation


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 email Therese 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 www.youtube.com/chicagobar.