2010 Ratings for Judicial Candidates
A. The Committee's ratings will be specific to the Court of
Appeals or the Washington Supreme Court based upon the request of the
candidate. A candidate may request ratings for both the Court of Appeals
and the Washington Supreme Court. A rating will be effective for two
B. When a person previously rated by the Committee seeks re-rating
for the same position, the Committee shall use its discretion in
determining if further evaluation is necessary to make a subsequent
CRITERIA FOR RATING CANDIDATES
A. No Rating. A Candidate shall be given no rating:
1. If insufficient information is available for Committee
evaluation at the time the candidate is being considered for rating,
2. If the candidate has not made timely application for a rating,
including timely submission of materials requested by the Committee,
3. If the candidate served as a member of the WAPA Evaluation
Committee prior to seeking appointment or election for an open
position after the WAPA Evaluation Committee has begun rating other
candidates for that open position.
B. Unqualified. A candidate shall be rated unqualified if he or
she fails to meet the criteria for a "qualified" rating.
C. Qualified. Candidate must possess the following attributes:
1. Candidate meets the constitutional or statutory requirements
for the office.
2. Candidate has a reputation for integrity, good character,
courtesy, common sense, and respect for all persons.
3. Candidate demonstrates respect for the law, for the judicial
process, and for the dignity of the court.
4. Candidate is fair and has a reputation for fairness and
freedom from bias against any group or class of citizens.
5. Candidate possesses the ability to make difficult decisions
6. Candidate has good legal ability and good writing skills.
7. Candidate has the temperament and courtroom practice
appropriate to the judicial position for which the candidate is
8. Candidate has the ability to communicate clearly and
effectively with attorneys, litigants, and other participants in the
9. Candidate had the ability to command respect from the
attorneys, litigants, and other participants in the courtroom, and
has the energy and capacity for hard work.
D. Well Qualified. Candidate shall meet the criteria for
"qualified" and must have the following:
1. Candidate has demonstrated respect for the rights of crime
victims and the constitutional powers of coordinate branches of
2. Candidate either has judicial experience or experience as a
neutral decision-maker or a demonstrated commitment to serving in
the role of neutral decision-maker.
E. Exceptionally Well Qualified. Candidate shall meet the criteria
for "qualified" and for "well qualified" and must have the following:
1. Excellent legal ability and writing skills, which may be
evidenced by excellent legal analysis and an excellent ability to
deal with legal problems, by proven legal scholarship and writing,
or by a reputation for excellence in legal work and practice.
2. Candidate has demonstrated exceptional litigation, judicial or
administrative experience. Candidate also has a reputation for
outstanding personal and professional integrity, personal and
professional independence, personal courage, and an excellent
ability to make difficult decisions in demanding situations.
3. Candidate shall have demonstrated some or all of the
a. Significant public service.
b. Potential for leadership on the bench.
c. An interest in and commitment to working with other judges
and court administrators to improve the administration of
F. For Candidates seeking evaluation for the Supreme Court, the
Committee shall consider the requirements set forth above, plus the
unique qualities necessary to sit on the highest court in the State.