Final Recommendation

The Honorable

M. I. Dominguez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Maria Dominguez received favorable ratings in all areas surveyed for this evaluation. For example, attorneys rated her positively for being attentive during proceedings, maintaining control over proceedings, starting proceedings on time, being courteous to all participants, and for treating self-represented litigants fairly. The court staff and jurors also rated Judge Dominguez positively in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Dominguez was appointed in 2008 to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was in private practice. She was employed as legal counsel for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Board and a contract hearing officer for the City of Albuquerque. She also served as a contract hearing officer for the New Mexico Environment Department. Judge Dominguez started her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender.

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

Attorneys (n=186, 72.7% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 91% 6% 2%
Fair and Impartial 86% 11% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law 80% 13% 7%
Communication is Clear 83% 13% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 9% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 95% 5% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=64, 58.2% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 77% 20% 3%
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 84% 11% 5%
Jurors (n=24, 28% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 8% 0%
Fair and Impartial 96% 3% 1%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 99% 1% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 6% 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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