Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Richard C. Bosson

Supreme Court Justice
Statewide

Year: 2012

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: The results of Justice Bosson's evaluation are very positive overall. Justice Bosson was rated positively among attorneys for his knowledge of the law, for conducting himself in a manner free from impropriety, and for timeliness in making rulings and rendering decisions. Justice Bosson rated very highly with law clerks, staff attorneys, and non-attorney court staff on almost every attribute. He was also rated very highly by his fellow appellate judges and justices, as well as the trial court judges. The Commission has concluded that Justice Bosson's overall performance is commendable.

Experience & Education: Before joining the New Mexico Supreme Court, Justice Bosson served for over eight years on the New Mexico Court of Appeals and served as the Chief Judge in 2001-2002. He was successfully retained as a Court of Appeals Judge in the November 1996 election. He received his law degree from Georgetown University Law School and has been a continuous member of the New Mexico Bar in good standing since 1970. In 1998, Justice Bosson received a Masters Degree in Judicial Process from the University of Virginia School of Law. Justice Bosson has been active in the community, particularly in youth soccer.

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

Attorneys (n=253, 46.7% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 6% 6%
Fair and Impartial 78% 12% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law 86% 9% 5%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 83% 11% 5%
Timeliness of Rulings 86% 11% 2%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=42, 48.3% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 93% 8% 0%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 95% 5% 0%
Respects Court Employees 87% 5% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 96% 4% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%
Appellate Judges (n=12, 80% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 83% 17% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 99% 1% 0%
Respects Court Employees 80% 20% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 83% 17% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 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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