District Court Judge
5th Judicial District --
Chaves, Eddy, and Lea Counties
Evaluation: Judge Don Maddox received positive ratings as a result of this evaluation. Attorneys rated him highly for having a dignified demeanor, exercising sound legal reasoning, and for his ability to quickly and decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. The court staff rated him positively in the areas of discharging responsibilities diligently, having a dignified demeanor, and respecting and cooperating with other judges. In addition, the resource staff (e.g. law enforcement and probation officers) rated him well for being courteous to all participants, his attentiveness to the proceedings, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings. Judge Maddox has indicated that he is committed to professional development. He has also communicated that he is actively involved in developing better approaches to difficult issues the court faces.
Experience & Education: Judge Maddox was elected to the 5th Judicial District Court in 2000. He handles a criminal and civil caseload. Judge Maddox received his undergraduate degree from Pfeiffer University in 1963 and his law degree from Wake Forest University in 1967. He worked as an Assistant District Attorney in Lea County for two and a half years and then entered private practice for the next 30 years. He is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association and the District Court Judges Association.