The Rate My Judge website (www.ratemyjudge.la) provides user generated feedback on Judges' behavior within the courtroom, as well as user generated feedback on individual judges’ practices. We hope community members will gain an understanding of a judge before appearing in their courtroom. Judge ratings should only be posted by users who have been in court with the judge the user is rating. Users include but are not limited to: defendant, attorney, public defender, observer, courtroom employees, clerical staff, or otherwise.
Rate My Judge has a team of moderators who read every rating and comment submitted. We have defined site guidelines to help reinforce our mission to ensure our decisions around moderation are as consistent as possible. Our moderators are experts on our guidelines and will not approve any comment that does not conform to these guidelines.
If you feel an inappropriate comment should be removed from the site, we want to know. You can flag a comment for re-review and it will immediately be escalated to our moderators. Moderators will determine whether to remove the rating permanently or to leave it on the website. Our moderators will never edit a rating and any associated comments - the rating will either be removed entirely or left up as it was submitted. Additionally, we will never remove a rating solely because it is a low score or negative review.
Comments that contain the following will be removed:
If you see a rating that you believe violates these Site Guidelines, please click the "report this rating" at the bottom of the comment and state the problem. Such comments will be evaluated by the Site's personnel. Please do not flag a rating just because you disagree with it.
The law protects Rate My Judge from legal responsibility for the content submitted by our users, like the reviews that appear on our site. Specifically, the Communications Decency Act of 1996 (47 U.S.C. Sec. 230) created a federal immunity to any cause of action that would make service providers, like Rate My Judge, liable for information originating with a third-party user of the service.
The law is clear on this. Anyone who wishes to sue Rate My Judge for the reviews posted by our members risks penalties imposed by the court. These may include financial sanctions and reimbursement of our attorney's fees for our having to defend against a lawsuit that ignores obvious legal protections for Rate My Judge.
These guidelines are provided for informational purposes only and do not constitute legal advice. While we stand by our guidelines, you are encouraged to seek advice from an attorney who is competent in the relevant field of law.