The WBAOSC Judicial Screening Committee determines ratings on the basis of judicial temperament, legal experience (as both a judge and as a lawyer), knowledge of the law, and sensitivity to women's issues.
The Committee may rate each candidate as: "Approved," "Approved as Highly Qualified," or "Not Approved."
The rating "Approved" is reserved for candidates who have affirmatively demonstrated qualifications which are regarded to be necessary for the performance of the duties of the office for which the candidate is being considered.
The rating "Approved as Highly Qualified" is reserved for sitting judges who are seeking election or appointment to a judicial office which they have previously held. In reaching its conclusions, the Committee takes account of the candidates' actual performance, including all administrative, appellate or trial level responsibilities.