Louisiana Administrative Procedure Act
§997. Program of judicial evaluation
A. The director shall develop and implement a program of judicial
evaluation to aid in the performance of his duties.
B. The judicial evaluation shall focus on three areas of judicial
performance including competence, productivity, and demeanor. It shall include
consideration of the following:
(1) Industry and promptness in adhering to schedules.
(2) Tolerance, courtesy, patience, attentiveness, and self-control in
dealing with litigants, witnesses, and counsel and in presiding over
(3) Legal skills and knowledge of the law and new legal
(4) Analytical talents and writing abilities.
(5) Settlement skills.
(6) Quantity, nature, and quality of caseload disposition.
(7) Impartiality and conscientiousness.
C. The director shall develop standards and procedures for the judicial
evaluation which shall include taking comments from randomly selected litigants
and lawyers who have appeared before the administrative law judge under
D. The judicial evaluation shall include a review of the methods used by
the administrative law judge. The judicial evaluation shall not include a review
of any result as determined by an administrative law judge in any
E. Before implementing any action based on the findings of the judicial
evaluation, the director shall discuss the findings and the proposed action with
the affected judge.
F. The judicial evaluation and supporting documents shall be confidential
and shall not be subject to open records provisions of R.S. 44:1 et
Acts 1995, No. 739,§ 2, eff. Oct. 1, 1996.
NOTE: SEE ACTS 1995, NO. 947,§ 8 AND NO. 739,§ §3,
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