Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Robert A. Aragon

District Court Judge
11th Judicial District --
McKinley and San Juan Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Robert Aragon's ratings among the various populations were generally positive. For example, attorneys rated him positively for maintaining proper control over the proceedings, being punctual in commencing proceedings, and for being attentive to the proceedings. The court staff rated Judge Aragon quite positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for respecting all court employees regardless of position. His scores among the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) were somewhat lower, although they have improved since his last evaluation in 2011.

Experience & Education: Judge Aragon was appointed to the 11th Judicial District Court in 2005 and elected in 2006. In 2008, Judge Aragon was successful in his retention election. Prior to being appointed to the bench, Judge Aragon was the District Attorney for McKinley County and was in private practice in McKinley County for several years, practicing in the areas of criminal law and personal injury law. Judge Aragon graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1978.

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

Attorneys (n=62, 38% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 81% 7% 12%
Fair and Impartial 71% 11% 18%
Knowledgeable of Law 68% 18% 14%
Communication is Clear 68% 17% 15%
Appropriate Demeanor 72% 5% 23%
Properly Controls Proceedings 87% 8% 5%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=45, 61% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 6% 6%
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 75% 19% 6%
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 67% 17% 17%
Fair and Impartial 59% 16% 25%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 67% 8% 25%
Appropriate Demeanor 67% 8% 25%
Properly Controls Proceedings 83% 0% 17%
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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