Judicial performance evaluation program; Survey & Evaluation Research Laboratory, etc. administer. (HB2526)

Introduced By

Del. Bill Janis (R-Glen Allen) with support from 12 copatrons, whose average partisan position is:

Those copatrons are Del. Dave Albo (R-Springfield), Del. Clay Athey (R-Front Royal), Del. Rob Bell (R-Charlottesville), Del. Ben Cline (R-Amherst), Del. Bill Fralin (R-Roanoke), Del. Todd Gilbert (R-Woodstock), Del. Clarke Hogan (R-South Boston), Del. Sal Iaquinto (R-Virginia Beach), Del. Terry Kilgore (R-Gate City), Del. Steve Landes (R-Weyers Cave), Del. Jackson Miller (R-Manassas), Del. Chris Peace (R-Mechanicsville)


Passed Committee
Passed House
Passed Senate
Signed by Governor
Became Law


Judicial performance evaluation program. Requires the Survey and Evaluation Research Laboratory of the Center for Public Policy at Virginia Commonwealth University to administer the judicial performance evaluation program for the General Assembly and make annual reports to the Chairmen of the Committees for Courts of Justice of the House and Senate. Read the Bill »


Bill Has Failed


01/16/2009Presented and ordered printed 091668568
01/16/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
01/22/2009Assigned Courts sub: Civil
01/26/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2526)
01/28/2009Subcommittee recommends referring to Judicial subcommittee by voice vote
01/29/2009Assigned Courts sub: Judicial Systems
02/02/2009Subcommittee recommends reporting with amendment(s)
02/06/2009Reported from Courts of Justice with amendment (11-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)
02/08/2009Read first time
02/09/2009Read second time
02/09/2009Committee amendment agreed to
02/09/2009Engrossed by House as amended (47-Y 46-N) HB2526E
02/09/2009VOTE: --- ENGROSSMENT (47-Y 46-N) (see vote tally)
02/09/2009Printed as engrossed 091668568-E
02/10/2009Read third time and passed House (49-Y 48-N)
02/10/2009VOTE: --- PASSAGE (49-Y 48-N) (see vote tally)
02/11/2009Constitutional reading dispensed
02/11/2009Referred to Committee for Courts of Justice
02/12/2009Impact statement from DPB (HB2526E)
02/23/2009Failed to report (defeated) in Courts of Justice (4-Y 9-N) (see vote tally)


This bill was discussed on the floor of the General Assembly. Below is all of the video that we have of that discussion, 1 clip in all, totaling 10 minutes.


Bill Franklin writes:

This bill is necessary to restore checks and balances over an out-of-control judiciary. There are too many bad judges and too few mechanisms to control. The courts threats to the GA must be stopped.

Brian Scaratt writes:

This bill is essential to protect Virginians from the judiciary misusing its authority. We have protections and oversight in place for our legislative and executive branches yet we currently lack citizen involvement in the judicial. Pass this bill.

Isidoro Rodriguez, Esq. writes:


As I have previously written, irrespective of you being either a Democrat, Republican, or an Independent, you must as members of the General Assembly restore the Rule of Law, the integrity, and public confidence in the Courts of Virginia.

Thus, you must vigorously act on my Petition for Investigation and Impeachment of the Judicial Branch and the Office of Attorney General, for violating statutory mandates under both Treaty and VA UCCJEA to obstruct the rights of parents, and violating Va. Code § 54.1-3935, to establish an unauthorized attorney disciplinary system within the Virginia State Bar so to restrict the independence of attorneys in service to the public.

The Virginia Tort Claim Act is unenforceable because the courts now have declared “absolute judicial and ministerial immunity” for criminal and tortious acts outside of jurisdiction or official capacity.

The citizen can no longer easily hold government officials accountable for malfeasance.

Therefore, for the good of the future of our Commonwealth the General Assembly must not permit the ongoing usurping of the power granted only to it.

For the above reasons, I respectfully request that your staffs meet with me to discuss the issues in the attach Petition for Investigation and Impeachment.

Isidoro Rodriguez, Esq.

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Marsha Maines writes:

YES! since the J.I.R.C. (Judicial Inquiry Review Commission) doesn't "work" - and other Bar Card members of Va's State Bar should NOT be judging the judges - the PUBLIC should - this is a Bill Long overdue!

Jason C. Russo writes:

This bill is an absolute necessity. The Virginia judiciary has descended into a good-ole-boy system where justice can only be obtained by those who can afford to hire a judge's golf buddy as an attorney. Justice and oversight must be restored to ensure the masses, the poor and the disenfranchised can receive justice in court and not suffer the will and whim of one man or woman. The J.I.R.C. is a laughable toothless commission lacking the will to do what is right. This bill is an absolute--if it fails Sic Semper Tyrannis should be removed from the Virginia flag!

Ronald A. Woods writes:

In every known system, there are checks and balances. To think that our Judges can be exempt from this system is total ignorance. There's only one way to do it. "For the people and by the people". There is no other way to promote transparency and integrity. After all, the Judges are human.

David Magee writes:

This bill is needed to protect the men and women, and children that rely on the courts to make fair and just decisions. I am an accountant and The Sarbanes-Oxley Act of 2002 was designed to keep accountants in line because of the importance of our work. It is time to have a similar bill to keep the courts and lawyers in line. After all, the work they do is even more important than money.

Wayne Rodgers writes:

This is a much needed bill! Being a victim of the judicial system I found out the hard way. In Shenandoah county judges Logan, and Kellas. run a muck with the civil rights of the non-custodial parents and their children un checked and they have NO regard of the constitution and the oath they took to up hold it!!!!! Judge Logan has his own social prejudices and bad habits.Judge Kellas has her own feminist agenda and stated to me that I was not to use logic in HER courtroom again{I thought that the courts were the peoples} After years of complaints there remains nothing done. I guess they won't eat their own!!!!! WE NEED CHANGE!!!!!!!!!! We need to be the country that we were taught in school that we are suppose to be. Land of the FREE and the BRAVE, with freedom for ALL!!!!!!!!