New Hampshire judge who doctored own performance evaluation faces charges

Like many states, New Hampshire conducts periodic performance evaluations of its sitting judges. Those evaluations include surveys of attorneys, court staff, and other individuals and agencies who interact with the judge in a professional capacity. (I have written about the importance of these surveys here.)

Unfortunately, Judge Paul Moore apparently did not have confidence in what his outside reviewers would say about his work. So he allegedly submitted dozens of anonymous survey responses himself, using different computers from around his home and workplace, in order to artificially raise his survey scores. Moore admitted the charges last week.

Moore is currently on administrative leave without pay. The state’s Judicial Conduct Committee will take up his case later this month.

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