Since there's been no work in my office for teh last two weeks my brain has wandered to many random topics. One of which is how the ISU/Skating Federations choose their judges.
I know anyone and everyone can train and test to be a judge, and then the judges of a competition are chosen from that 'pool' - am I correct?
What if they did something similar to how we get to vote in our trial judges locally. The judges work hard for years, and are appointed by the peers. Then it's up to their record to keep them in that seat.
What if the ISU/Federations went that route and allowed skaters/coaches/even fans the ability to vote after each year as to which officials need to be replaced/let go? With the anon. judging factor you couldn't base it on 'oh this judge is nationally biased' but it would keep judges with a reputation out (so long as the voting is anon. so as to give the 'voter' the ability to vote honestly and not worry about repercussions).
I don't know just a rambly thought, but could something like that work? Or is that how it works now "in theory"?