Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Charles W. Daniels

Supreme Court Justice
Statewide

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Chief Justice Charles W. Daniels received positive scores among other appellate court judges, lawyers and court staff in all areas evaluated. Some of his specific strengths among judges and staff include proficiency, preparation, collegiality and work ethic. Among lawyers, strengths include scholarly legal analysis, clear decisions and proper demeanor.

Experience & Education: Chief Justice Daniels was appointed to the Supreme Court in 2007, was retained by election in 2008 and was appointed Chief Justice in 2010. He graduated magna cum laude from the University of Arizona and was first in his law school class at the University of New Mexico in 1969. He had a 38-year career in private law practice and as a University professor prior to appointment to the Supreme Court. He has been active in community affairs and professional organizations and has received numerous honors, citations and awards during his career.

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

Attorneys (n=268, 43.6% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 5% 3%
Fair and Impartial 85% 10% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law 92% 7% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 7% 1%
Timeliness of Rulings 92% 8% 1%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=36, 35% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 0% 3%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 96% 4% 0%
Respects Court Employees 80% 17% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 73% 23% 5%
Handles Ongoing Workload 94% 0% 6%
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 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 67% 17% 17%
Handles Ongoing Workload 60% 20% 20%

* 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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