voters seeking to do their own thinking have choices—but often little information. Judges by nature operate in closeted forums—a courtroom is public, but unlike politicians, the public and media have limited time or inclination to follow and record a judge’s every move.
But judges create many records—in court almost every word they utter is transcribed. Their opinions are written in orders. Their reasoning is carefully reviewed by other judges on appeal. Access to those records, however, is limited, and few other than those immediately interested in a given matter have sufficient desire to access such records.
If it were possible to gather in one place all of a candidate judge’s public statements, transcripts, orders, opinions, records, financials, campaign literature, publications, and personal data in one place, available to all voters, wouldn’t that be a great way to evaluate a judge running for office? [More…]