Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Raymond Z. Ortiz

District Court Judge
1st Judicial District --
Los Alamos, Rio Arriba, and Santa Fe Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Raymond Ortiz received generally positive ratings from attorneys, court staff and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.). Specifically, attorneys rate Judge Ortiz positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being attentive to proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. The court staff rate Judge Ortiz positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts. The resource staff rate him positively for being courteous to all participants who come before him. However, some attorneys and resource staff feel that Judge Ortiz is not always prompt in scheduling hearings and trials, and that he does not always rule on motions or cases in a timely manner. In addition, some court staff feel that he does not always respect all court employees regardless of their position. Judge Ortiz is aware of these perceptions and has implemented procedures to improve his performance in these areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Ortiz was appointed as a district court judge in 2005 and was elected in 2006. Prior to his appointment, he was in private practice for 20 years. He is the Chief Judge for the First Judicial District Court and has held that position since December 2012. Judge Ortiz has a history of being active in many civil and professional organizations. He received his undergraduate degree from the University of Notre Dame and law degree from the University of California, Berkeley (Boalt Hall) in 1980.

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

Attorneys (n=284, 51% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 9% 9%
Fair and Impartial 72% 13% 15%
Knowledgeable of Law 72% 17% 11%
Communication is Clear 75% 16% 9%
Appropriate Demeanor 84% 8% 8%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 7% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=54, 65% 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 50% 25% 25%
Jurors (n=35, 53% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 0% 3%
Fair and Impartial 97% 3% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 96% 1% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 0% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 3% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 67% 25% 8%
Fair and Impartial 62% 13% 25%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 67% 17% 17%
Appropriate Demeanor 75% 25% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 64% 27% 9%
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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