The Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention of the Philadelphia
Bar Association biennially evaluates judicial candidates in a concerted
effort to inform voters on those running for judicial office. The evaluation
of the Commission are based on a number of factors, including integrity,
commitment to the improvement of the quality of justice, and legal ability.
To quote Chancellor Albert S. Dandridge III, "I call this Commission
James Brown, because they are the hardest working group I have ever seen."
So far during the judicial election cycle of 2015, the Commission interviewed
and rated 57 primary candidates while meeting once a week from Jan, 11
until May 1. However, the Commission has not yet completed its work. It
is in the process of evaluating and rating 24 current sitting judges on
the Court of Common Pleas and Municipal Court of Philadelphia who are
"As chair of the Commission, I cannot completely express my gratitude
and admiration to my fellow members, as well as the staff of the Philadelphia
Bar Association, who have worked so hard to make this process a success," said
A. Harold Datz, chair, 2015 Commission on Judicial Selection and Retention.