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JNC Invites Comments from the Bench, Bar and Public on Applicants for the Position of Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia

Friday, June 8, 2012
All comments must be received by no later than July 18, 2012.

Members of the bench, bar, and public are hereby notified by the District of Columbia Judicial Nomination Commission (the “Commission”) that Chief Judge Lee F. Satterfield is the sole applicant for the position of Chief Judge of the Superior Court of the District of Columbia. Chief Judge Satterfield has submitted a Statement of Interest and Appendices in support of his application for redesignation. The statement is also available on the Commission’s website at jnc.dc.gov or a hard copy is available by contacting the Commission office at (202) 879-0478. Chief Judge Satterfield will be considered by the Commission for redesignation as Chief Judge to a four-year term to begin October 1, 2012.

The Commission invites comments on the performance of the Chief Judge applicant. He can be evaluated with respect to six categories:

  • Leadership and Communication Skills (e.g., ability to lead the Superior Court and to promote a sense of cooperation among the judges, the Court staff, other governmental and non-governmental entities, and the community; ability to inspire respect, promote confidence in the Court system and advocate for the Court; creativity, foresight, and intellectual ability; ability to communicate clearly and succinctly; and willingness to listen with patience and courtesy);
  • Court Administration (e.g., analytical skills; understands the use of technology needed to improve Court operations; demonstrated financial and fiscal knowledge and abilities; record of managerial and administrative achievements; and decisiveness);
  • Judicial Temperament (e.g., ability to treat everyone with respect; willingness to listen with patience and courtesy; and ability to promote collegiality);
  • Ethics (e.g., shows integrity; impartiality; objectivity; sound judgment; and restraint);
  • Commitment to Diversity (e.g., treats people equally, fairly and with respect regardless of gender, race, economic status, sexual orientation or any other factor; promotes inclusiveness of women and minorities); and
  • Efficiency/Organizational Skills (e.g., understands the Court’s challenges; resourceful under time constraints; ability to work constructively with others; and ability to manage time and resources).

The Commission has created a web-based Applicant Evaluation Form to facilitate the opportunity to provide comments on the applicant’s qualifications. Comments also can be submitted by visiting the Commission’s website at jnc.dc.gov. All comments must be received by no later than July 18, 2012.

Comments submitted to the Commission are confidential and will not be released to the public or applicant. Any comments discussed with an applicant will be discussed without revealing the source of such comment, absent written consent by the individual providing the comment.

Due to ongoing technical difficulties within the District of Columbia Office of the Chief Technology Officer the evaluation form may take several minutes to load. Also, some users may see a security certificate message when accessing the JNC Applicant Evaluation Form. Accepting the certificate will allow a user to successfully submit the completed form. The evaluation form available in Pdf format on the Commission’s website can also be printed, completed and sent to the Commission via mail, email or fax (at (202) 879-0755). Any technical problems or questions should be directed to the Commission’s Executive Director at (202) 879-0478 or [email protected].