A local judge has made the grade according to the results of the Kansas Judicial Report Card evaluations, which were released Friday on the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance's Web site.
"I'm very pleased," said Judge Mark Ward.
The Commission recommended retention for all four judges in Bourbon and Crawford counties. Also recommended for retention were all four judges in the Kansas Court of Appeals, as well as the two justices in the Kansas Supreme Court.
Ward is the only judge up for retention in Bourbon County this year. Ward received high marks from his evaluations. Survey results showed that 100 percent of the 19 attorneys and 90 percent of the 107 non-attorneys recommended that Judge Ward be retained in office.
Ward's overall average score from attorneys was 3.62 on a 4.0 scale while receiving an average score of 3.77 from non-attorneys. With Judge Ward's scores surpassing the minimum average grade of 2.0 from each category, he has earned the commission's recommendation of retention.
"It makes me feel real good as a new judge," added Ward.
Other judges and justices recommended for retention are Court of Appeals Judges Richard Greene, scoring 3.32 from attorneys and 3.59 from district judges; Steve Leben, scoring 3.65 from district judges; Christel Marquardt, scoring 3.33 from attorneys and 3.48 from district judges; Joseph Pierron, scoring 3.64 from attorneys and 3.62 from district judges; Kansas Supreme Court Justices Lee Johnson, scoring 3.70 from attorneys and 3.66 from district judges; and Eric Rosen, scoring 3.70 from attorneys and 3.73 from district judges.
The results, for each judge in Kansas who is up for retention this year, are available to view online at the Kansas Commission on Judicial Performance Web site at www.kansasjudicialperformance.org.
Each judge's results are broken down into a background of the judge, a list of the judge's activities, a review of the judge's self evaluation, then a breakdown on the survey results. Each judge's results page begins with a statement of the commission's recommendation for retention or non-retention. Also available on the Web site is a PDF format of the complete detailed survey results.
The evaluations were filled out by individuals who have interacted with the judge, including attorneys, litigates, and law enforcement officers. The publication of the results are intended by the commission to help voters make more informed decisions when they go to the polls in November.