Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Matthew G. Reynolds

District Court Judge
7th Judicial District --
Catron, Sierra, Socorro, and Torrance Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Matthew Reynolds' results are positive. For example, attorneys rated him positively for being attentive to the proceedings, ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner, for being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters, and for ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable. In addition, the court staff and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers, probation officers, social workers, interpreters, etc.) rated him positively in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Reynolds was appointed in 2005 and elected in 2006. He serves as the Water Law Judge, Drug Court Judge, and presides over civil and criminal cases. He was in private practice for 13 years in New Mexico and served as an assistant district attorney and worked as an associate in Alaska for six years. He received his undergraduate and master’s degrees from the University of Notre Dame, and his law degree from the University of Wyoming School of Law in 1986.

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

Attorneys (n=61, 30% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 13% 5%
Fair and Impartial 76% 13% 11%
Knowledgeable of Law 77% 18% 5%
Communication is Clear 81% 12% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 71% 18% 11%
Properly Controls Proceedings 86% 7% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=24, 92% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 80% 20% 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 81% 19% 0%
Jurors (n=17, 43% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 94% 0% 6%
Fair and Impartial 94% 0% 6%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 0% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 0% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 94% 0% 6%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 11% 3%
Fair and Impartial 84% 8% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 78% 19% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 6% 8%
Properly Controls Proceedings 86% 14% 0%
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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