As voters get ready for upcoming elections, Washoe County lawyers have shared their own thoughts on area judges’ performance.
The Washoe County Bar Association (WCBA) released their judicial performance survey on Sept. 3.
Local attorneys, both private and public, were invited to participate in the survey. However, the WCBA estimates that only a portion of those lawyers participated in the survey because many do not regularly practice in front of judges.
The lawyers rated the judges’ knowledge and application of the law, ability to be fair, judicial temperament and professionalism, said Chandeni Sendall, president of the Washoe County Bar Association.
“This year’s survey indicates that Washoe County has the benefit of a wise and well-informed judiciary who serve the community well,” Sendell said in a press release. The survey has been conducted every two years since 1964.
Participants were asked to rank the judges on a scale of one to five and were also asked if the judges should retain their positions.
According to the press release, “this year’s survey results demonstrate that [voters] continue to elect and retain hard-working, experienced, well-respected judges in Washoe County.”
Here are the ranks for Nevada’s Supreme Court:
- Justice Elissa Cadish, 85.2% believed this judge should be retained
- Justice Mark Gibbons, no data recorded
- Justice James Hardesty, 88.5% believed this judge should be retained
- Justice Ron Parraguirre, 86.7% believe this judge should be retained
- Justice Kristine Pickering, 90.2% believe this judge should be retained
- Justice Abbi Silver, 70.0% believe this judge should be retained
- Justice Lidia Stiglich, 92.8% believe this judge should be retained
Pickering is running for reelection and will be on the general ballot on Nov. 3. Gibbons did not file for reelection. Ozzie Fumo, a member of the Nevada State Assembly, and Douglas Herndon, a judge for the 8th Judicial District Court, are campaigning for Gibbons’ seat.
Scores for the judges for the Nevada Court of Appeals, General Jurisdiction and Family Division are also available for the public to view at wcbar.com
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