Final Recommendation

The Honorable

John A. Dean, Jr.

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

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge John Dean, Jr. received high ratings among attorneys for knowledge of the law, maintaining proper control over court proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, and being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. The court staff rated him positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated him positively for commencing proceedings in a punctual manner and maintaining proper control over proceedings. Judge Dean received slightly lower scores from attorneys for conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance and from court staff for respecting court employees regardless of position. Judge Dean has indicated and shown his commitment to continue to improve his judicial performance as to these matters.

Experience & Education: Judge Dean was appointed District Judge in February 2003 and elected in 2004. Prior to his appointment, he worked in private practice from 1977 to 2003. He also acted as a contract domestic violence hearing officer for nine years. Judge Dean is active in various community and professional organizations. He received his undergraduate degree in 1974 and his law degree in 1977, both from the University of New Mexico.

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

Attorneys (n=80, 59% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 93% 6% 1%
Fair and Impartial 87% 10% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law 90% 7% 3%
Communication is Clear 86% 11% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 68% 22% 10%
Properly Controls Proceedings 99% 0% 1%
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 72% 21% 7%
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 62% 17% 21%
Jurors (n=110, 38% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 98% 2% 0%
Fair and Impartial 97% 3% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 2% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 6% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 3% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 79% 13% 8%
Fair and Impartial 75% 12% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 79% 15% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 79% 11% 11%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 6% 2%
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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