Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Jane Shuler Gray

District Court Judge
5th Judicial District --
Chaves, Eddy, and Lea Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Jane Shuler Gray received positive scores from both attorneys and non-attorneys. Among attorneys, she was rated quite positively for ensuring personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable, maintaining proper control over proceedings, punctuality in commencing proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, and promptness in scheduling hearings and trials. The court staff rated her well for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated her highly on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge Gray is the first woman to serve as a District Judge in the 5th Judicial District. She was appointed to the court in March of 2006 and was elected the following November. She hears both civil and criminal cases and she is designated the Abuse and Neglect Judge in the 5th District. Before being appointed to the district bench, she was active in private law practice for 26 years. She holds a Bachelor of Arts and a Bachelor of Science degree in Nursing from the University of New Mexico. She received her law degree from Pepperdine University School of Law in 1977.

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

Attorneys (n=69, 37% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 74% 14% 12%
Fair and Impartial 72% 10% 18%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 14% 13%
Communication is Clear 74% 16% 10%
Appropriate Demeanor 79% 11% 10%
Properly Controls Proceedings 86% 7% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=52, 79% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 18% 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 68% 23% 9%
Jurors (n=34, 34% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 3% 0%
Fair and Impartial 95% 5% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 5% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 96% 4% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 94% 6% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 94% 2% 4%
Fair and Impartial 93% 3% 4%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 2% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 2% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 92% 4% 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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