Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Jacqueline Dolores Flores

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Jacqueline Flores received somewhat low scores from most groups surveyed, although they have improved in many areas since her last evaluation in 2011. Judge Flores received generally positive scores from attorneys for being attentive to and maintaining proper control over the proceedings, ruling on motions in a timely manner, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. However, attorneys give Judge Flores low ratings when it comes to demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, conducting herself in a manner free from arrogance, and being courteous to all participants. Although still somewhat low, Judge Flores’s scores from the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) have improved considerably for making decisions without regard to the popularity of the decisions, displaying a sense of fairness and impartiality, and being punctual in commencing proceedings. Judge Flores has demonstrated improvement and the Commission is convinced that she is committed to continuing that improvement.

Experience & Education: Judge Flores was appointed to serve as District Court Judge in 2009 and was elected in 2010. Prior to her appointment, she was a New Mexico Public Defender and then in private practice focusing on criminal defense. She received her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996.

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

Attorneys (n=135, 37% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 54% 21% 24%
Fair and Impartial 53% 18% 29%
Knowledgeable of Law 50% 19% 31%
Communication is Clear 49% 27% 24%
Appropriate Demeanor 41% 21% 38%
Properly Controls Proceedings 71% 18% 11%
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 58% 23% 20%
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 57% 31% 12%
Jurors (n=46, 25% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 98% 0% 2%
Fair and Impartial 96% 2% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 3% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 1% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 2% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 56% 19% 26%
Fair and Impartial 57% 19% 24%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 54% 23% 23%
Appropriate Demeanor 64% 20% 17%
Properly Controls Proceedings 65% 23% 13%
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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