Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Kevin R. Sweazea

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

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Kevin Sweazea received very positive ratings in all areas of his evaluation. Attorneys rated Judge Sweazea highly for his knowledge of the law, being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner, and for his oral and written decisions being clear, thorough and logical. In addition, the court staff and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) gave Judge Sweazea high ratings on all of the survey attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge Sweazea was appointed District Court Judge in 2001 and elected in 2002. Prior to his appointment, he worked in private practice with an emphasis in civil law. Judge Sweazea is active in various community and professional organizations. He received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and his law degree from Baylor Law School in 1988.

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

Attorneys (n=58, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 96% 2% 2%
Fair and Impartial 91% 4% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law 93% 2% 5%
Communication is Clear 94% 3% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 8% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 2% 2%
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 100% 0% 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 95% 5% 0%
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 97% 3% 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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