Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Judith K. Nakamura

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Chief Judge Judith Nakamura receives generally positive ratings, balancing a busy docket with her administrative responsibilities as chief judge. Attorneys rated her positively for her knowledge of the law, punctuality in commencing proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, ruling decisively on legal matters, and for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation. The court staff and jurors also gave positive evaluations of Judge Nakamura's performance in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Judith Nakamura was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 1998 and has served as Chief Judge since 2002. She previously worked in the State Land Office as general counsel and as Assistant Land Commissioner. She has also worked in private practice. In 2006, she received the UNM Alumni Association's Zia Award and the MADD National President's Award for Judge of the Year. Judge Nakamura received both her undergraduate 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=158, 83.6% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 3% 15%
Fair and Impartial 73% 8% 19%
Knowledgeable of Law 79% 11% 10%
Communication is Clear 80% 12% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 75% 7% 18%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 6% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=94, 63.1% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 5% 2%
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 72% 19% 9%
Jurors (n=38, 44% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 0% 3%
Fair and Impartial 97% 1% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 95% 3% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 0% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 0% 3%
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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