Citizens For Better
Judges was organized in January, 1983, in an effort to maintain
and improve the quality of the judiciary by promoting the election
of only the most highly qualified judicial candidates. It consists
of a 30-member Steering Committee made up of lawyers who are all
involved in litigation practice but concentrate in different fields
of law, and a Citizens Review Board consisting of a cross-section
of community-minded citizens with diverse occupations and backgrounds.
Additionally, the organization has an Advisory Board made up of
the past chairs of Citizens For Better Judges.
candidate for judicial office is personally interviewed by the
Steering Committee. After the interviews have been completed,
the Steering Committee members consider the information obtained
during the interviews and share their personal knowledge of the
candidates. Lay members of the Citizens Review Board are present
to monitor the interviews and the integrity of the endorsement
process. The Citizens Review Board must approve the endorsements
recommended by the Steering Committee.