HOW TO FIND OUT ABOUT JUDICIAL CANDIDATES
Voters are encouraged to make independent, informed decisions about candidates for public office. However, it can be hard for the average person to decide among judicial candidates because most voters don't know much about them. This is because most citizens do not routinely interact with judges in their communities, so they tend to know very little about how judges conduct themselves in the course of doing their jobs. In addition, state rules do not allow judicial candidates to discuss their views on controversial issues because judges must be impartial on the bench; if they discuss their personal beliefs, they might appear to be prejudiced toward a particular viewpoint.
QUESTIONS TO ASK ABOUT A JUDICIAL CANDIDATE:
• As an attorney, did the candidate handle a variety of cases such as tax law, divorce, etc.?
• If the candidate is a judge, has he/she presided over a variety of trials?
• What is the opinion of practicing attorneys regarding the candidate?
• Is the candidate considered impartial?
• Does the candidate possess a deep commitment to the law?
Judicial Candidate Forum held on July 17
The Knoxville Bar Association (KBA) and the League of Women Voters of Knoxville/Knox County (LWVKKC) held a forum to inform voters about their choices among candidates competing in the general election for trial court judges August 7, 2014. The forum was held on Thursday, July 17, 2014 and was moderated by Amy Nolan, the Business Editor of the Knoxville News Sentinel.
View the sample ballot for August 7th
"Democracy cannot succeed unless those who express their choice are prepared to choose wisely. The real safeguard of democracy, therefore, is education."
— Franklin D. Roosevelt
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