Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Celia Foy Castillo

Court of Appeals Judge
Statewide

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Celia Foy Castillo received positive ratings from all of the groups that were surveyed for this evaluation. The attorneys rate her positively for conducting herself in a manner free from impropriety and for demonstrating appropriate demeanor. The court staff and her fellow appellate judges rate her highly for being timely in making rulings and rendering decisions, for being a hard worker, and for effectively handling the ongoing workload and establishing appropriate priorities.

Experience & Education: Judge Celia Foy Castillo was elected to the New Mexico Court of Appeals in 2000. Before assuming the bench, she was in private practice in Silver City, NM, at the firm of Foy, Foy, and Castillo, PC. She is a member of several professional organizations and is currently the Chair of the Judiciary's Budget Committee. In 2008, she received an award from the NM State Bar for Outstanding Judicial Service. Judge Castillo received her BA from Saint Mary's College, Notre Dame, Indiana, and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law.

PERCENTAGE THAT AGREE OR DISAGREE THAT THE JUDGE EXHIBITS POSITIVE QUALITIES IN EACH CATEGORY *

Attorneys (n=278, 43.8% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 10% 3%
Fair and Impartial 84% 8% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 18% 8%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 89% 8% 3%
Timeliness of Rulings 87% 11% 2%
Handles Ongoing Workload
Court Staff (n=44, 38.9% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 8% 5%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 89% 10% 1%
Respects Court Employees 72% 11% 17%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 100% 0% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%
Appellate Judges (n=13, 88% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 99% 1% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 100% 0% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%

* On the tables above, the "Agree" columns are comprised of the strongly agree and agree responses. Similarly, the "Disagree" columns are comprised of the strongly disagree and disagree responses. The combined percentage of "Agree", "Disagree", and "Partly Agree/Partly Disagree" for each category may not equal 100% due to rounding error. "N/A" indicates that the category is "not applicable" because some populations were not asked certain questions.

 

PERCENTAGE THAT RECOMMEND THE JUDGE BE RETAINED OR NOT BE RETAINED IN OFFICE. ‡

‡ On the charts above, the "Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend retain and somewhat recommend retain responses. Similarly, the "Do Not Retain" columns are comprised of the strongly recommend not retain and somewhat recommend not retain responses.

 

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