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History of Reform Efforts: Maine

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Maine State Bar Association
In January 2002, the Maine State Bar Association adopted a judicial evaluation policy calling for the evaluation of judges during the the sixth year of each judge's term. The evaluations are used by the bar to take a position on whether the judge should be renominated. (Confidential evaluations are also conducted during the second year of a judge's initial term to allow the judge to assess his or her performance.) The MSBA's judicial evaluation committee consists of seven members appointed by the bar president to three-year terms. Based on the results of written surveys disseminated to all Maine attorneys, the committee prepares a report on each judge for the MSBA's board of governors. The bar then makes a recommendation as to whether a judge is qualified for renomination.