Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Elizabeth Whitefield

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Elizabeth Whitefield received quite positive ratings from all the population groups surveyed. For example, attorneys rated the judge highly for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, conducting herself in a manner free from impropriety, and for her knowledge of the law. Court staff rated the judge positively in all areas surveyed.

Experience & Education: Judge Whitefield was appointed to the bench in 2007, and was elected to the bench in 2008. She currently hears family law cases including divorce, custody, child support, spousal support, property and debt characterization and division. Before becoming a district court judge, Judge Whitefield worked as an attorney in private practice from 1977 until 2007, specializing in family law. Judge Whitefield received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 1974 and her law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1977.

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

Attorneys (n=126, 31% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 10% 2%
Fair and Impartial 84% 11% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law 89% 7% 4%
Communication is Clear 90% 6% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 91% 6% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 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 91% 2% 7%
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 80% 11% 9%

* 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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