In order to better understand judges' community outreach needs, the Judicial Division administered the Judicial Outreach Network survey in June 2002 to collect information from judges about how they reach out to their communities and how the JD can assist in making their outreach experiences easier and more effective.
The following are some interesting findings from the survey:
- 86% of respondents said that, in the last three years, they have been involved in judicial outreach, defined as "an activity in which he/she talks about his/her experiences as a judge or discusses the judicial process with members of the community."
- A high percentage of respondents credited local contacts for getting them involved in community outreach: colleagues & friends, courts, local bar associations, and local schools topped the list.
- Respondents felt that "collaboration with other individuals or groups" and "member involvement" were the two most important factors in successfully planning outreach.
- 82% of respondents concluded by saying they would like to learn more about the Judicial Outreach Network. And 66% said they'd like to share their outreach experiences with others.
Survey Results: Survey Report - August 2002