Judicial ratings definitions
There are four ratings. They are:
1. Exibits preeminence in the law by way of outstanding legal ability
and a wide range of experience, either in a
specialized field of law or a more varied practice,
and has a reputation in the legal community
as standing at the top of his/her profession.
2. Possesses a reputation for the utmost integrity and temperament to excel as a judge of the court for which he/she is a candidate.
3. Exibits outstanding citizenship by way of community and professional
4. Is an exceptional individual who will enhance or has enhanced the competence, dignity, and public perception of
The candidate possesses a reputation for the utmost integrity and the
legal ability, experience, and temperament to excel as a judge of the
court for which he/she is a candidate.
NOT RECOMMENDED AT THIS TIME
The candidate's legal ability, experience, and reputation indicate
that, at some future time in his/her legal career, he/she may
have the potential to excel as a judge, but the candidate is not yet
at that stage.
The candidate does not now possess and is not likely to acquire the
ability, reputation, or temperament necessary for a judicial position.
PUBLISHING THE RATINGS
The Allegheny County Bar Association Board of Governors reviews the
ratings of candidates prepared by the Judiciary Committee. The ratings
are published when authorized by the board of governors.
WHY DOES THE ACBA RATE CANDIDATES AND WHY PUBLISH THE INFORMATION?
When citizens enter the voting booth, they are faced with a long list
of judicial candidates to choose. It is the Allegheny County Bar Association
Judiciary Committee's job to provide the guidance and information needed
to help voters make informed choices when they select candidates for
Allegheny County's judiciary.
FOR HOW LONG IS A RATING VALID?
A rating is valid for five years, but a person who has been rated can
ask to be re-rated after two years.
Details of the interviews with potential candidates are highly confidential,
and the ACBA cannot comment on these proceedings.