Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Sandra Engel

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Sandra Engel's scores were positive. Some of her strengths among attorneys include maintaining proper control over the proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor, and ensuring personal staff is professional and knowledgeable. Judge Engel scored highly on all attributes among the court staff and jurors.

Experience & Education: Judge Engel has served on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court for four years. Prior to serving in her present capacity, she was an assistant district attorney in the Second Judicial District and worked in private practice. Judge Engel received her law degree from the University of Alabama in 1993 and was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1994. Judge Engel is one of the principal authors of the "Courts to School Program" which takes DWI offenders to high schools where they are sentenced in front of students.

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

Attorneys (n=204, 75% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 10% 5%
Fair and Impartial 75% 12% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 17% 10%
Communication is Clear 77% 16% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 89% 7% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 3% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=71, 61.2% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 7% 4%
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 87% 8% 4%
Jurors (n=35, 27% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 99% 1% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 99% 1% 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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