The QLaw Judicial Evaluation Committee exists to ensure that judicial candidates are aware of and consider the issues important to the LGBTQ+ community.
We are a statewide organization and encourage all judicial candidates who desire a rating to contact us to schedule an interview. Our ratings are available to the public to educate voters about the candidates.
Who We Evaluate
Individuals seeking either appointment or election to judicial office, including municipal and district courts, superior court, courts of appeal and the Washington Supreme Court. We are a statewide organization and issue ratings for all judicial offices throughout the State.
What Our Ratings Mean
We do not endorse candidates for judicial office. Candidates may be rated exceptionally well qualified (EWQ), well qualified (WQ), qualified (Q), or not qualified (NQ) based on various factors, including but not limited to, the candidate’s integrity, fairness, legal ability, judicial temperament, diligence, community service, and demonstrated commitment to equal justice.
QLaw strives to administer the judicial evaluation rating process in a uniform, fair, and consistent manner. The evaluation process remains the same regardless of the candidate or applicant. Candidates or applicants are not rated in comparison to other candidates or applicants. The rating is valid for three years.
Steps To Obtain an Evaluation
Contact the Chair by emailing [email protected] and include the following information:
Candidates/applicants are strongly encouraged to seek ratings well in advance of an appointment or election deadline to ensure timeliness. Applicants for appointment should request a rating and provide all required materials a minimum of 30 days before the deadline for submission of the rating to the Governor's Office of General Counsel.
QLaw Judicial Candidate Ratings
To see ratings of judicial candidates by QLaw as well as a variety of other oganizations: