Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Charles W. Brown

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Charles Brown received positive scores from court staff and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.), and somewhat mixed ratings from attorneys. Judge Brown was rated positively by attorneys for decisively ruling on procedural and substantive matters, being attentive to proceedings, and ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner. However, attorneys rated him poorly for not always conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance, and they rate him somewhat lower when it comes to being courteous to all participants and treating all participants equally. His scores among court staff were positive on all attributes. Among resource staff Judge Brown was rated positively in all areas, significantly improving since his previous evaluation. In his interview, Judge Brown demonstrated a commitment to improving in his areas of weakness.

Experience & Education: Judge Charles Brown received his undergraduate degree from Baker University in 1977 and his Juris Doctorate from UNM in 1985. Prior to being appointed to the 2nd District Court, Judge Brown had diversified legal experience, serving as an assistant US attorney, deputy district attorney for the 13th and 2nd districts, and in private practice specializing in criminal defense, personal injury and business law.

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

Attorneys (n=152, 41% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 70% 15% 15%
Fair and Impartial 57% 22% 21%
Knowledgeable of Law 68% 21% 11%
Communication is Clear 67% 19% 14%
Appropriate Demeanor 46% 23% 31%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 6% 1%
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 86% 10% 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 76% 10% 14%
Jurors (n=36, 43% 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 99% 1% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 3% 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 83% 7% 10%
Fair and Impartial 81% 11% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 82% 14% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 80% 14% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 83% 15% 1%
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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