2005 Session

Budget Amendments - HB1500 (Committee Approved)

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Judicial Performance Evaluation

Item 25 #2h

Item 25 #2h

First Year - FY2005 Second Year - FY2006
Judicial Department
Supreme Court FY2005 $0 FY2006 $300,000 GF

Page 18, line 4, strike "$12,458,476" and insert "$12,758,476".
Page 19, after line 3, insert:
"G.  Out of the amounts included for General Management and Direction, $300,000 the second year from the general fund is provided for the estimated costs of fully implementing the Judicial Performance Evaluation Project."

(This amendment provides additional general fund dollars the second year to the Virginia Supreme Court for the full implementation of the Judicial Performance Evaluation (JPE) Project. This project is designed to produce objective evaluations of judges' performances through observation by retired judges and lay people. After having been adequately trained, the observers will monitor judges' performances on three separate occasions and develop written evaluations of those judges. These written evaluations are then reviewed by "facilitator" judges who then discuss the observers' findings with the judge in question. Ultimately, the project process should identify areas in which judges can improve their on-the-job performances. The general fund dollars included in this amendment account for training costs, per diem payments for retired judges, travel reimbursements, survey analysis costs, and meetings of the JPE Commission. This amendment represents the recommendations of the Supreme Court following a two-year study and evaluation of a two-year pilot project.)