Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Cynthia A. Fry

Court of Appeals Judge
Statewide

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Cynthia Fry received quite positive scores overall. Among attorneys, she received positive scores for demonstrating appropriate demeanor, timeliness in making rulings and rendering decisions, and conducting herself in a manner free from impropriety. Among court staff, Judge Fry was rated very highly for being a hard worker, exercising sound legal reasoning, and for effectively selecting, developing and supervising law clerks and paralegals. District judges and her fellow appellate judges rated her highly in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Fry received her law degree in 1981 at the University of New Mexico School of Law. She had extensive experience as a practicing lawyer prior to her seat on the New Mexico Court of Appeals on December 1, 2000. Judge Fry served on the Supreme Court's Appellate Rules Committee and as chair of the New Mexico State Bar Association's Appellate Practice Section. She is a member of the Children's Court Improvement Commission and the Council of Chief Judges of the State Courts of Appeals.

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

Attorneys (n=145, 31% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 7% 6%
Fair and Impartial 82% 7% 11%
Knowledgeable of Law 80% 11% 9%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 6% 4%
Timeliness of Rulings 81% 13% 6%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=55, 59% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 0% 3%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 95% 0% 5%
Respects Court Employees 85% 15% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 100% 0% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%
Appellate Judges (n=14, 93% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 86% 14% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 93% 7% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 100% 0% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%
District Judges (n=50, 58% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 98% 2% 0%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 95% 5% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 83% 17% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 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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