Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Douglas R. Driggers

District Court Judge
3rd Judicial District --
Doña Ana County

Year: 2008

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Driggers received positive ratings from court staff and resource staff (e.g. law enforcement and probation officers), and somewhat mixed ratings from attorneys. This evaluation revealed several of the judge's specific strengths. For example, all three groups rated him positively for beginning proceedings on time, and for promptly scheduling hearings and trials. Court staff rated him positively for ensuring his personal staff is professional and for discharging administrative responsibilities diligently. In addition, both attorneys and resource staff rated Judge Driggers well for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation and for ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner. However, some of the scores given to Judge Driggers by attorneys were somewhat lower. Specifically, this evaluation revealed that the judge needs to make improvements concerning the perceptions about his fairness and demeanor. The judge has indicated a willingness to improve in these areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Driggers was appointed as District Judge on August 13, 2003, and elected on November 2, 2004. He hears criminal cases. Prior to his appointment, he served as the Doña Ana District Attorney. He also worked as an attorney in private practice. Judge Driggers is a member of the University of New Mexico Alumni Association Board of Directors. He received both his undergraduate degree and his law degree from the University of New Mexico.

 

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