Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Stan Whitaker

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Stan Whitaker's scores are generally positive. Attorneys rated him positively for being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over proceedings, ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner, and for ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. However, attorneys did rate him slightly lower when it comes to displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case, as well as for conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance. Judge Whitaker scored highly on all attributes among the court staff, and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated him positively in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Whitaker was appointed to the bench in May 2006 and elected to the position in November 2006. Prior to Judge Whitaker's appointment, he was an assistant US attorney, an assistant district attorney, a Domestic Violence Special Commissioner in the Second Judicial District Court, and he worked in private practice. Judge Whitaker received his undergraduate degree from the University of Kansas and 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=127, 34% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 79% 10% 11%
Fair and Impartial 68% 13% 19%
Knowledgeable of Law 68% 22% 10%
Communication is Clear 74% 15% 11%
Appropriate Demeanor 74% 14% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 6% 6%
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 93% 5% 2%
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 97% 2% 2%
Jurors (n=71, 36% 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 100% 0% 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 84% 11% 5%
Fair and Impartial 84% 8% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 83% 12% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 8% 5%
Properly Controls Proceedings 86% 10% 4%
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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