Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Sarah M. Singleton

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

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Sarah Singleton received very high scores in all areas from attorneys, and she received positive scores from resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.). Although her scores among court staff were mostly positive, they rated her somewhat lower on respecting court employees regardless of position. Notwithstanding this, court staff overwhelmingly indicate Judge Singleton should be retained.

Experience & Education: Judge Singleton was appointed to the District Court in 2009 and won election to that office the following year. She was in private practice from 1976 through 2009. Prior to that, she worked in the public defender’s department. She received the Justice Mary Walters Award and Equal Access to Justice Award. She received her undergraduate degree from the Sarah Lawrence College and her law degree from Indiana University Bloomington in 1974.

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

Attorneys (n=383, 57% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 3% 1%
Fair and Impartial 92% 6% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law 93% 6% 1%
Communication is Clear 94% 5% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 5% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 2% 0%
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 79% 17% 4%
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% 38% 13%
Jurors (n=55, 51% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 99% 1% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 98% 2% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 73% 27% 0%
Fair and Impartial 69% 27% 4%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 82% 9% 9%
Appropriate Demeanor 82% 18% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 75% 8% 17%
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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