As voters prepare for the upcoming election, Washoe County attorneys shared their thoughts on the performance of the area judges.
The Washoe County Bar Association (WCBA) released its judicial performance survey on September 3.
Local lawyers, both private and public, were invited to participate in the survey. However, the WCBA estimates that only a fraction of these attorneys participated in the survey because many do not practice regularly in front of judges.
Attorneys assessed the judges’ knowledge and law enforcement, ability to be fair, judicial temperament, and professionalism, said Chandeni Sendall, president of the Washoe County Bar Association.
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“This year’s survey indicates that Washoe County has the advantage of a wise and well-informed judiciary that serves the community well,” Sendell said in a news release. The survey has been conducted every two years since 1964.
Participants were asked to rank the judges on a scale of one to five and were also asked if the judges should hold their positions.
According to the press release, “this year’s poll results prove it [voters] continue to elect and retain hardworking, experienced and respected judges in Washoe County. “
Here are the ranks of the Nevada Supreme Court:
- Judge Elissa Cadish, 85.2%, believes this judge should be retained
- Judge Mark Gibbons, no data recorded
- Judge James Hardesty, 88.5%, believe this judge should be retained
- Judge Ron Parraguirre, 86.7% believe this judge should be retained
- Judge Kristine Pickering, 90.2% believe this judge should be retained
- Judge Abbi Silver, 70.0% believe this judge should be retained
- Judge Lidia Stiglich, 92.8%, believes that this judge should be retained
Pickering is running for re-election and will be in the general ballot on November 3. Gibbons has not filed for re-election. Ozzie Fumo, a member of the Nevada State Assembly, and Douglas Herndon, a judge of the 8th District Judicial Court, are campaigning for the Gibbons seat.
Scores for the Nevada Court of Appeals, General Jurisdiction and Family Division judges can also be viewed by the public on wcbar.com
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Kristin Oh is a public safety reporter for the Reno Gazette Journal. She can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 775-420-1285. Help her support her work by signing up.