Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Victor E. Valdez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2010

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Victor Valdez received positive ratings from all groups surveyed. His specific strengths among attorneys include punctuality in commencing proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, attentiveness to the proceedings, and his ability to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. He also received positive ratings among the court staff and jurors. Judge Valdez has exhibited a positive attitude toward self-improvement and diligently discharging his responsibilities.

Experience & Education: Judge Victor Valdez was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in March 2004. Prior to his judicial appointment, he practiced law for 15 years specializing in civil rights. He currently serves as judge for Competency Court and as Presiding Criminal Judge. He is actively involved in various professional and community organizations, including the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Valdez received his undergraduate degree from Stanford University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico.

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

Attorneys (n=178, 75.4% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 77% 12% 11%
Fair and Impartial 76% 11% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 14% 12%
Communication is Clear 78% 14% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 69% 19% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 1% 5%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=80, 61.1% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 74% 17% 9%
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 65% 22% 14%
Jurors (n=20, 32% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 90% 5% 5%
Fair and Impartial 91% 3% 6%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 1% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 2% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 95% 0% 5%
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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