Our Spring challenge is underway! Give the MOST helpful feedback about a judge and win a $25 Starbucks gift card and a Gaveling certificate for promoting transparency in the courts! Winner will be notified on May 1!
Gaveling is a tool which allows you to rate judges on a variety of factors (such as timeliness, strictness, and fairness) as well as leave comments and feedback for judges. It also allows you to see what others have said about judges. After choosing the state that you are in, you can look up a judge by name or by court to find the judge that you want to rate or see ratings of. We ask that you please be professional, and please be specific when you rate judges! See more information on how to rate judges and use gaveling here.
This information is invaluable to attorneys. Knowing whether a judge tends to favor one side over the other, or tends to pressure parties into settling, or is always over an hour late to the bench can help attorneys advise their clients and present their cases appropriately. Having more information about the person deciding your case means that you can be more successful in presenting -- and winning -- your case.
Gaveling also creates a new much-needed level of transparency in the court system. This new level of transparency helps parties, witnesses, attorneys, and voters recognize which judges are good and which ones are not. By allowing users to rate judges, Gaveling gives a voice to those who were previously voiceless and promotes the spread of information and judicial accountability. This level of transparency, in our humble opinion, is way overdue.
On the whole, Gaveling gives us increased knowledge, rewards preparation, kindles creativity, encourages an innovative, cutting-edge law practice, and allows us to best represent our clients.
To use Gaveling, to rate judges, or to see ratings, please click the sign-up button on the upper right hand of the screen. Please read our guidelines on how to use Gaveling prior to rating judges.
Commonly Asked Questions:
1. I would like to rate judges anonymously. Can I make it so that others cannot view my email address or name?
Yes! Your email address will not be visible to others.
When you sign up for Gaveling, you also have the option to make your first name and last name invisible to others. This way you can rate judges anonymously.
2. I am running for judge. Can I add myself to the Gaveling website and have my supporters rate me?
Yes! Simply click "Add judge." Then add your name with a (*Running for Judge) after it, like this.
3. How should I rate judges?
Please read our guidelines on how to use Gaveling. We generally recommend that you are professional, honest, fair, and specific. Do not be rude, abusive, or threatening. Be fair in your review. (Just because you lost a motion does not mean the judge is a bad judge!) Be specific. Don't say "great judge!" Instead, say what made them great (i.e. they were familiar with the cases, treated everyone with respect, etc.).
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Gaveling helps lawyers
Gaveling helps lawyers know what to expect when they appear in front of a judge. Lawyers can be better prepared for hearings, trials, and court appearances.
Gaveling helps clients
By helping lawyers better navigate the judicial system, it is ultimately the lawyer's clients that benefit the most from Gaveling.
Gaveling helps the public
Parties can get to know a judge prior to appearing in front of the judge. Voters will be more informed and wiser about their voting choices.