Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Vidalia R. Quintero

District Court Judge
6th Judicial District --
Grant, Hidalgo, and Luna Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Henry R. Quintero received somewhat mixed ratings among the populations surveyed. Attorneys rated him positively for decisively ruling on procedural and substantive matters, being knowledgeable of the law, and for ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner. However, attorneys rate him somewhat lower when it comes to conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance, as well as treating all participants equally and displaying fairness and impartiality towards each side of the case. Court staff rated him positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts. However, scores given to Judge Quintero by the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) are somewhat lower in all areas of the survey. Although this evaluation indicated some weaknesses, the judge expressed a commitment to improving his judicial performance.

Experience & Education: Judge Quintero was appointed to district judgeship in 2003 and elected in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he spent 21 years in private practice and one year as a New Mexico Appellate Attorney at the Public Defender Department. He is currently serving as chair of the 6th Judicial District Pro-Bono Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from San Jose State University and his law degree from Gonzaga University in 1981.

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

Attorneys (n=42, 48% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 56% 24% 20%
Fair and Impartial 64% 11% 25%
Knowledgeable of Law 78% 16% 6%
Communication is Clear 67% 23% 10%
Appropriate Demeanor 64% 18% 18%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 7% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=11, 37% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 9% 9%
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 55% 36% 9%
Jurors (n=21, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 88% 7% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 98% 1% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 6% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 49% 14% 37%
Fair and Impartial 37% 13% 50%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 54% 20% 26%
Appropriate Demeanor 40% 11% 49%
Properly Controls Proceedings 79% 6% 15%
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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