Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Denise Barela-Shepherd

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Denise Barela-Shepherd's scores are generally positive among the attorneys and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.), but low among the court staff. Attorneys rated her positively for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. In fact, her scores among attorneys improved on every attribute since her last evaluation in 2011. Resource staff scored her positively for being attentive to the proceedings, being courteous to all participants, behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts, and for promptly scheduling hearing and trials. However, Judge Barela-Shepherd’s court staff scores were low and declined on every attribute since her 2011 evaluation. The judge expressed a commitment to making improvements with regard to her interactions with the court staff.

Experience & Education: Judge Barela-Shepherd was appointed in 2003 and elected as a District Court Judge in 2004. She currently presides over both civil and criminal cases. Prior to being appointed, she served as a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge from 1997 to 2003. Judge Barela-Shepherd received her undergraduate degree from Texas Tech University and her law degree from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1989.

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

Attorneys (n=182, 31% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 11% 5%
Fair and Impartial 78% 13% 9%
Knowledgeable of Law 64% 24% 12%
Communication is Clear 78% 16% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 89% 6% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 87% 11% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=140, 44% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 30% 36% 33%
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 27% 21% 52%
Jurors (n=27, 39% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 96% 4% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 7% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 80% 14% 5%
Fair and Impartial 76% 17% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 79% 17% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 84% 11% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 80% 13% 7%
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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