Final Recommendation

Sam B. Sanchez
The Honorable

Sam B. Sanchez

District Court Judge
8th Judicial District --
Colfax, Taos, and Union Counties

Year: 2008

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Sam Sanchez's scores were generally positive. For example, attorneys rated the judge highly for maintaining proper control over the proceedings, treating self-represented litigants fairly, and for his ability to quickly and decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. However, attorneys rated him slightly lower when it comes to prejudging the outcome of cases. The court staff rated Judge Sanchez well for respecting all court employees and for being punctual in commencing proceedings. The resource staff (e.g. law enforcement officers, CASA volunteers, etc.) gave Judge Sanchez positive scores for maintaining proper control over the proceedings and for discharging responsibilities diligently.

Experience & Education: Judge Sanchez has been a Judge in the Eighth Judicial District for nine years. He received a Bachelor of Arts degree in Math and Business Administration and a Masters Degree in Business Administration from Western New Mexico University. He received his JD degree from the University of Santa Clara, Santa Clara, California. He is a member of the New Mexico State Bar, the American Bar Association, and the Judicial Division of the National Conference of State Trial Judges Executive Committee.


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