Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Albert J. Mitchell, Jr.

District Court Judge
10th Judicial District --
De Baca, Harding, and Quay Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Not Retained

Evaluation: Judge Albert Mitchell, Jr. received somewhat positive ratings from attorneys and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.), and his scores among the court staff are quite positive in all areas surveyed. Attorneys rated him positively for his attentiveness to proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings and for ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. However, he received slightly lower scores among attorneys when it comes to his written and oral decisions being clear, thorough, and logical. Judge Mitchell has indicated his commitment to continue to improve in these areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Mitchell was elected to the 10th Judicial District Court in 2008. Prior to being elected to the bench, Judge Mitchell was in private practice for approximately 24 years, practicing in the areas of general civil practice with a focus on real estate and business law, estate planning, and probate. He worked as a contract public defender and contract Children's Court (children and respondents') attorney. Judge Mitchell graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1984.

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

Attorneys (n=56, 51% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 76% 15% 9%
Fair and Impartial 69% 21% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law 68% 18% 14%
Communication is Clear 70% 13% 17%
Appropriate Demeanor 82% 12% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 85% 11% 4%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=8, 89% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 13% 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%
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 6% 12%
Fair and Impartial 72% 6% 22%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 63% 25% 13%
Appropriate Demeanor 81% 6% 13%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 6% 6%
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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