The North Carolina Bar Association says a pilot program to monitor the performance of the state's judges is to begin this fall.
The association's board of governors approved the program to look at judges' integrity, competence and temperament.
A full-scale judicial evaluation could begin as early as next year, if the pilot program is successful.
At least 22 states have similar programs.
The North Carolina Bar Association says its program could improve judges' performance and could give voters more information before they vote.
Raleigh lawyer Neal Ellis says judges will improve if they know their weaknesses. Ellis says voters can cast more informed votes on
judges if they have more information. Ellis studied the programs in