About PBA Judicial Evaluation Commission

The Commission rates judicial retention candidates as being either “Recommended” or “Not Recommended.” The retention candidate completes a questionnaire. The candidate’s questionnaire and representative writing samples are reviewed by investigative panels, which also may conduct interviews with other individuals. The panel then meets with and interviews the candidate and submits a confidential report to the Commission. The Commission reviews the questionnaire, writings and report and issues a rating of either “Recommended” or “Not Recommended” for retention.

A retention candidate for appellate judicial office in Pennsylvania who refuses to participate in the Commission’s evaluation process shall receive a rating of “Not Recommended for Failure to Participate in the Evaluation Process.”

Ratings are made public via news releases and the PBA website.