Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Stephen K. Quinn

District Court Judge
9th Judicial District --
Curry and Roosevelt Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Stephen Quinn was rated highly by attorneys for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being attentive to the proceedings, and for conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance. The court staff rated Judge Quinn highly; in fact, he received a perfect score for respecting court employees regardless of position. Resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) also rated Judge Quinn positively in all areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Quinn was appointed to the bench in 1989 and elected in 1990. Prior to his appointment, he was in general private practice for over 15 years. He hears both criminal and civil cases. Judge Quinn graduated from Eastern New Mexico State University with a B.A. in English and the University of New Mexico Law School. His community involvement includes the Clovis Community Board, Methodist Choir, Teen Court Supporters and Wayland Baptist College.

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

Attorneys (n=34, 53% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 3% 8%
Fair and Impartial 86% 4% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law 82% 12% 6%
Communication is Clear 90% 3% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 2% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 81% 8% 11%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=31, 74% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 5% 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 100% 0% 0%
Jurors (n=39, 26% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 3% 3%
Fair and Impartial 94% 4% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 93% 5% 2%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 3% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 95% 3% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 11% 3%
Fair and Impartial 95% 6% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 92% 8% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 3% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 0% 11%
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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