Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Benjamin Chavez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Attorneys and court employees rated Judge Benjamin Chavez very favorably on this evaluation. For example, attorneys rated Judge Chavez highly for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being courteous to all participants, for conducting himself in a manner free from impropriety, being attentive to the proceedings, and for treating self-represented litigants fairly.  The court staff and jurors also rated Judge Chavez highly on all attributes. Based on his interview, the Commission concluded he is committed to excellence.

Experience & Education: Judge Chavez has served as a Metropolitan Court Judge since October 2004.  Prior to appointment, he was in private practice, a Taos Assistant District Attorney, a Bernalillo County Assistant District Attorney, and an Albuquerque Assistant City Attorney.  In addition to his full docket, he presides over the Metropolitan Court Homeless Court, and is a Board Member of the District and Metropolitan Judges Association and a Supreme Court appointee of two committees. He is a graduate from the University of New Mexico and the University of New Mexico School of Law.

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

Attorneys (n=222, 87.4% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 91% 7% 3%
Fair and Impartial 88% 6% 6%
Knowledgeable of Law 82% 15% 3%
Communication is Clear 87% 12% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 95% 3% 1%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 4% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=80, 58% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 12% 1%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Properly Controls Proceedings N/A N/A N/A
Respects Court Employees 95% 4% 1%
Jurors (n=8, 38% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A

* 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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