Worker’s Compensation Judges To Be Evaluated

Judicial polls have been used for years to evaluate Florida’s elected judges. For the first time a survey will be sent to members of the Florida Bar’s Worker’s Compensation Section seeking an evaluation of the State’s Judges of Compensation Claims and Claims Mediators.

The poll will ask lawyers how many years they have been in practice and in what area of the state he or she primarily practices. The lawyers may then answer questions regarding the judges and mediators they have practiced before.

The questions ask about the judges and mediators knowledge of the law; courtesy toward parties, lawyers and witnesses; promptness; preparation; patience; and related matters. Those polled will be asked whether they have substantial, moderate, or minimal experience with the judges and mediators they rate.

The judges and mediators rated will know the ratings and suggestions but will not know who the individual attorney is who responded to the poll.

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