Montgomery Bar Association Judiciary Committee Updates Primary Election Recommendations
All candidates appearing on this year’s primary ballot in Montgomery County for the position of judge on the Court of Common Pleas have been voluntarily interviewed and reviewed by the 30-member Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association.
Recommendations for these and other candidates were initially released on Feb. 1, 2017, and are being reissued at this time to include only those candidates remaining on the 2017 primary ballot for the position of judge on the Court of Common Pleas in this year’s primary election, taking place on Tuesday, May 16.
The Montgomery Bar Association’s recommendations are:
- Jeffrey S. Saltz
- Joseph P. Walsh
- Wendy G. Rothstein
The Judiciary Committee of the Montgomery Bar Association is charged with interviewing and rating candidates for the position of judge on the Court of Common Pleas.
The Judiciary Committee is composed of 30 lawyers of diverse backgrounds, ages, practices, and geographic areas of Montgomery County with several hundred years of combined legal experience.
Each candidate is evaluated individually and not as compared to other candidates. The purpose of the ratings is to educate the public as to how the candidates’ peers view them as possibly becoming judges, and to assist the electorate in their evaluation of judicial candidates on Election Day.
The Committee is charged to rate a candidate highly recommended, recommended, or not recommended. The recommendation awarded to the candidate does not speak to the candidate’s ability as a practicing attorney at law.
The rating criteria which are considered are the candidates’:
- Good moral character
- Good health
- Legal ability
- Bench trial, jury trial or evidentiary hearing experience
- Judicial temperament (patience, courtesy, compassion, impartiality, humility, even temper, sense of fairness)
Each candidate submits to the Committee a biographical summary of his or her legal experience and background. These submissions are carefully reviewed and considered.
The Committee also conducts reviews and discussions with persons each candidate advises are familiar with their qualifications. The Bar considers this procedure a public service.
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