Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Petra Maes

Supreme Court Justice
Statewide

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Justice Petra Maes received somewhat mixed ratings from the various groups surveyed.  For example, attorneys and her fellow appellate court judges rated her positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor and for conducting herself in a manner free from impropriety. In addition, the appellate judges also rated her highly for assisting in administrative duties and participating in court projects. However, attorneys and court staff rated her somewhat lower for her knowledge of the law and exercising sound legal reasoning. In addition, the court staff rated her poorly when it comes to working effectively and cooperatively with other court personnel, as well as effectively selecting, developing, and supervising law clerks and paralegals. After considering the survey results and her interview, the Commission concluded that Justice Maes is committed to improving her judicial performance.

Experience & Education: Justice Maes was elected to her current position in 1998.  Prior to this, she served as District Judge in the First Judicial District for 17 years, where she served in Family Court and in both the Criminal and Civil Divisions.  Justice Maes is a member of the American Bar Association, the National Hispanic Bar Association, the New Mexico Women's Bar Association, and the American Law Institute.  She received both her undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. 

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

Attorneys (n=307, 46% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 81% 15% 4%
Fair and Impartial 67% 25% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 56% 27% 17%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 84% 12% 4%
Timeliness of Rulings 75% 19% 6%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=39, 37.9% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 68% 19% 14%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 51% 26% 23%
Respects Court Employees 44% 25% 31%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 43% 29% 29%
Handles Ongoing Workload 42% 17% 42%
Appellate Judges (n=13, 88% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 92% 8% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 97% 3% 0%
Respects Court Employees 90% 10% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 71% 29% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 83% 17% 0%

* 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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