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North Carolina Judicial Candidate Evaluations Ready for March 15 Primary

Evaluations of candidates seeking election in North Carolina to District and Superior Court judgeships in 2016 have been completed in time for the March 15 primary.

The survey reports, generated by the North Carolina Bar Association and its Judicial Performance Evaluation Committee, are available at electNCjudges.org.

The special website currently contains three resources for use in conjunction with the 2016 election cycle. There is a Primary Report devoted to candidates involved in the March 15 primary, the Phase I report covering most judges who were up for election this year, and the Phase II report devoted primarily to candidates who filed in December and judges appointed after March 31.

Upon completion of the primary, a final report will be compiled showing side-by-side comparisons of candidates whose names will appear in the November 8 general election.

This is the third election cycle in which the North Carolina Bar Association has provided this information as a public service for voters and media members. The evaluations are not intended as a recommendation or endorsement of any candidate; the NCBA does not endorse candidates for any office.

For both reports, North Carolina lawyers were asked to evaluate the qualifications of incumbent judges and non-incumbent candidates about whom they had sufficient professional interaction to be able to evaluate the candidate’s performance in six categories: Integrity and Impartiality; Legal Ability; Professionalism; Communication; Administrative Skills; and Overall Performance.

Pages of the Primary Report and subsequent General Election Report may be republished with attribution to the North Carolina Bar Association. A copyright statement is provided on each page of the report.

Questions should be directed to David Bohm at dbohm@ncbar.org.