Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Cristina T. Jaramillo

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Cristina Jaramillo's ratings were somewhat mixed in this evaluation. Her ratings remained positive among court staff and jurors but low among attorneys. Many attorneys feel that she does not always display fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case, that she does not always exercise sound legal reasoning, and that she does not always treat all participants equally. In addition, many attorneys feel that she is sometimes arrogant. Since Judge Jaramillo's previous evaluation in 2008, her ratings have remained low in the areas of needed improvement. After considering the survey results, the court observations and her interview, the Commission concluded that Judge Jaramillo has failed to adequately improve in her areas of weakness.

Experience & Education: Judge Cristina Jaramillo was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2002 and was elected to the position in 2004. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was employed by the New Mexico Public Defender Department as a public defender. She is involved in substance abuse treatment in the community and she is a member of the National Drug Court Professionals and New Mexico Association of Drug Court Professionals. Judge Jaramillo earned her undergraduate, master's and law degrees from the University of New Mexico.

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

Attorneys (n=175, 71.4% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 49% 21% 30%
Fair and Impartial 46% 21% 34%
Knowledgeable of Law 50% 25% 26%
Communication is Clear 49% 27% 24%
Appropriate Demeanor 43% 28% 29%
Properly Controls Proceedings 75% 18% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=72, 61% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 6% 6%
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 88% 7% 6%
Jurors (n=24, 23% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 96% 2% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 2% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 96% 3% 1%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 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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