CourtSpeak: Federal Judgeship Rating Systems
Appointment, Confirmation, and Qualifications
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ABA Standing Committee on Federal Judiciary: “To merit a rating of ‘Well Qualified,’ the nominee must be at the top of the legal profession in his or her legal community; have outstanding legal ability, breadth of experience, and the highest reputation for integrity; and either demonstrate or exhibit the capacity for judicial temperament. The rating of ‘Qualified’ means that the nominee meets the Committee’s very high standards with respect to integrity, professional competence and judicial temperament and that the Committee believes that the nominee will be able to perform satisfactorily all of the duties and responsibilities required by the high office of a federal judge.
“When a nominee is found ‘Not Qualified,’ the Committee, based on its investigation, has determined that the nominee does not meet the Committee’s standards with regard to professional competence, judicial temperament or integrity.”