Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Frank A. Sedillo

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: The Commission has found it difficult to evaluate civil judges in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court because there are few attorneys, resource staff (i.e. law enforcement officers) and jurors that participate in civil trials. However, the Commission was able to conduct courtroom observations and review survey results from the court staff. Judge Frank Sedillo received positive ratings among court employees.  Specific strengths include behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts, respecting all court employees regardless of position, and ensuring personal staff is professional. In addition, observations were conducted on behalf of the Commission in Judge Sedillo's courtroom. The observers' report was very positive, indicating that the judge was firm and objective in his decisions and rulings.

Experience & Education: Judge Sedillo was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2000. Before his judicial appointment, he had a private law practice in Albuquerque. He is a member of the New Mexico Bar Association, and is an active member in numerous community organizations and legal committees. Judge Sedillo is a youth football and baseball coach and the founder of "Jacob's Promise" - an adopt-a-family program held during Christmas. He received his undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico and has been an attorney for 23 years.

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

Court Staff (n=53, 63.1% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 18% 0%
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 74% 17% 9%

* 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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