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Web address Judgepedia.org
Slogan An interactive encyclopedia of courts and judges.
Commercial? No
Type of site
Registration Required for editing
Available in English
Owner Lucy Burns Institute
Editor Katy Farrell[1]
Launched October 1, 2007; 7 years ago (2007-10-01)
Alexa rank
positive decrease 29,355 (November 2014)[2]
Current status Merged into Ballotpedia in March, 2015

Judgepedia was an online wiki-style encyclopedia covering the American legal system,[3][4] later merged into Ballotpedia, its sister site at the nonprofit Lucy Burns Institute in Madison, Wisconsin.[5] It included a database of information on state and federal courts and judges.[6][7][8]


According to its original website, the goal of Judgepedia was "to help readers discover and learn useful information about the court systems and judiciary in the United States."[9]


Judgepedia was sponsored by the Sam Adams Alliance in 2007, along with Ballotpedia and Sunshine Review.[10] In 2009 their sponsorship was transferred to the Lucy Burns Institute, which merged Judgepedia into Ballotpedia in March 2015.[9]


Judgepedia had a weekly publication titled Federal Courts, Empty Benches which tracked the vacancy rate for Article III federal judicial posts.[11]


Judgepedia's work was cited in the Washington Post,[12][13] the Wall Street Journal,[14] and the New York Times.[15]

The Orange County Register noted Judgepedia's coverage of Courts of Appeal and the Supreme Court.[16]

Judgepedia's profile of Elena Kagan was included in the Harvard Law School Library's guide to Kagan's Supreme Court nomination and the Law Library of Congress's guide to Kagan.[17][18]


  1. ^ "Judgepedia:Katy Farrell". Judgepedia. Lucy Burns Institute. 
  2. ^ "Judgepedia.org Site Info". Alexa Internet. Retrieved 2014-10-22. 
  3. ^ "Nonprofit Group Offers Free Judicial Profiles Online at Judgepedia.com". Metropolitan News-Enterprise. 2009-12-21. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  4. ^ Ambrogi, Robert (October 2010). "Crowdsourcing the Law: Trends and Other Innovations". Oregon State Bar Bulletin (Oregon State Bar). Retrieved 12 August 2014. 
  5. ^ Mahtesian, Charles (2012-10-16). "The best races you've never heard of". Politico. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  6. ^ Peoples, Lee (11-6-2010). "The Lawyer's Guide to Using and Citing Wikipedia" (PDF). Oklahoma Bar Journal 81: 2438. Retrieved 11 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  7. ^ Davey, Chris; Salaz, Karen (November–December 2010). "Survey Looks at New Media and the Court". Journal of the American Judicature Society 94 (3). 
  8. ^ Meckler, Mark (2012). Tea Party Patriots: The Second American Revolution. Macmillan. p. 167. ISBN 0805094377. 
  9. ^ a b "Judgepedia:About". Judgepedia. Lucy Burns Institute. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  10. ^ Phillips, Kate (2008-07-19). "The Sam Adams Project". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  11. ^ "Pennsylvania and Wisconsin Have Federal Courts with Highest Vacancy Rates; across Country, 9.9% of Federal Judicial Posts Are Vacant". Telecommunications Weekly. 6-1-2011.  Check date values in: |date= (help);
  12. ^ Volokh, Eugene (2014-04-25). "Judge sues accuser for libel, demands to see accuser’s evidence". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  13. ^ Markon, Jerry (2011-1-18). "Slain federal judge John Roll was at the center of Arizona's immigration debate". Washington Post. Retrieved 11 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  14. ^ Koppel, Nathan (2010-06-22). "New Orleans Judge Blocks Offshore Drilling Ban". Wall Street Journal. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  15. ^ Shear, Michael (1-8-2011). "Representative Giffords Shot". New York Times. Retrieved 11 August 2014.  Check date values in: |date= (help)
  16. ^ Seiler, John (2010-10-22). "John Seiler: Appellate judges aplenty on ballot". Orange County Register. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  17. ^ "Guide to the nomination of Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court of the United States". Harvard Law School Library. Harvard Law School. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 
  18. ^ "Elena Kagan". Law Library of Congress. Library of Congress. Retrieved 11 August 2014. 

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