Candidates and Judges do not control their own profiles. They are able to submit biographies, statements, and articles, but an administrator reviews submissions carefully. Candidates and judges must provide a link or PDF document when claiming awards and publications; this is so that voters can verify them. Cases are mined from various data sources and added to judges' profiles. Corrections on any cases or articles can be submitted by anyone and corrections are applied as quickly as possible.

This website is different from other "rate-a-judge" websites in that we do not rely on popular reviews. The problem with relying on popular reviews is that, all too often, the reviewer is doing so because he or she is happy with or angry with the judge's decision in a personal case. The major purpose of this website is to show the public which judges are competent in their position. The popularity or unpopularity of a judge provides a poor metric of review because judges are supposed to interpret and apply existing law, even if they personally disagree with it. Accordingly, we have determined that the most unbias, effective metric of review is a judge's record on appeal.

A judge's error rate provides for the most unbias, effective, and accurate measure of a judge's competence. What truly matters is whether or not the judge's decision was unbiased, logical, and consistent with law (including the constitution) and legislative intent. This is precisely the function the Supreme Court of Nevada serves, and by tracking a judge's record on appeal, we can easily and accurately determine the judges that are competent in their position and the judges that are not. Personal reviews are slanted at best, or rooted in a deep-seated rage at worse. This is one of the biggest reasons the several other rate-a-judge websites currently on the internet have so little credibility. A judge is almost always going to be involved in angering people with his or her decisions. The job by its very nature requires picking winners and losers, and seldom does anyone actually care if the judge's decisions are correct as opposed to whether or not the judge ruled in their favor.

When a person files an appeal in their case, the appellate court (which can be either the Court of Appeals or the Supreme Court of Nevada itself) institutes a review of the decision made by the judge in the lower court. The appellate court will examine the judge's ruling to determine whether or not the judge made any mistakes. If it is determined that the judge did not err, the appellate court will affirm the judge's decision. If it is determined that the judge erred, the appellate court will reverse or vacate the lower court's decision, and the case will usually be remanded back to the lower court with specific instructions on how the law should have been applied. A lower court's decisions can also be challenged by the filing of an original writ petition in the The Supreme Court of Nevada. These are considered an only when extraordinary relief is warranted, and if so, are granted upon the determination that the lower court erred, and denied otherwise.

Legal errors undermine the public's confidence in our judges and our legal system. Legal errors can be devastating for the average person because the person is burdened with the costs of the appeal and usually, when an error is found, the case is not over but actually remanded. The costs of sustaining this process are burdened not on the judge that made the mistake, but rather, the person litigating the case. For these reasons, it is important that judges are competent, unbiased, and fair in their decisions. Judges that are incompetent, unprofessional, and biased can be exposed by a poor error rate on appeal; we, as citizens of this State, should strive to remove these judges from the bench.

The Nevada Commmission on Judicial Discipline is a creature of our State constitution and serves the public by providing judicial oversight (much like the State Bar Of Nevada provides attorney oversight). When a judge is found guilty of violating the Judicial Canon, the Commission imposes discipline and (with rare exceptions) publishes their opinion for the public. Generally, a guilty judge will be fined, ordered to apologize to the public, and ordered to attend continuing legal or judicial education; but sometimes, a judge will be suspended or even removed from the bench. Anyone can file a judicial ethics complaint against a judge.

A judge's rating is a function of his legal errors divided by his total cases reviewed. For the purposes of this calculation, an order reversing and/or vacating is considered an error, as is an order granting an original writ petition. An order of affirmance or an order denying an original writ petition (if based on the merits) is not considered an error. Orders dismissing an appeal, declining to consider the merits of an original writ petition, and confessions of error are omitted from the computation.

A judge's detected errors are not the only errors that are actually occuring. Firstly, only a small percentage of contested cases are actually appealed, especially in the case of family judges; so a lot of errors are not being detected simply because they escape review. Secondly, The Supreme Court of Nevada will sometimes recognize a mistake but deem it harmless and and affirm the judge's decision on that basis. For these several reasons, we assume that for every mistake that is caught, several many more went uncaught.
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