Final Recommendation

The Honorable

John J. Romero, Jr.

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge John Romero’s scores are quite positive. Attorneys gave Judge Romero high scores for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation, being attentive to the proceedings, being courteous to all participants, and for his ability to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. The court staff rated him highly in all areas and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation officers, and social workers) rated him highly for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation, being attentive to the proceedings, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings.

Experience & Education: Judge John Romero was appointed in 2003 and elected in 2004. He presides over juvenile delinquency and child abuse and neglect cases. Prior to being appointed, he was a DWI Hearing Officer for the NM Department of Transportation. He also served in private practice for 17 years, handling family and children’s court cases. Judge Romero was the recipient of the Mitchell Wendell Jurist of the Year Award in 2004 and was certified as a Child Welfare Law Specialist. He earned his BA, Masters, and graduated with his Law Degree from the University of New Mexico in 1985.

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

Attorneys (n=59, 30% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 9% 5%
Fair and Impartial 83% 7% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law 85% 11% 4%
Communication is Clear 83% 12% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 5% 9%
Properly Controls Proceedings 95% 5% 0%
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 100% 0% 0%
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 92% 8% 0%
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 13% 3%
Fair and Impartial 79% 13% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 84% 13% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 82% 13% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 8% 2%
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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