Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Jerry H. Ritter, Jr.

District Court Judge
12th Judicial District --
Lincoln and Otero Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Ritter received very positive ratings from both attorneys and non-attorneys. Attorneys rated him very highly for displaying familiarity with cases through prior preparation, for the quality of his oral and written decisions, and for his knowledge of the law. In addition, the court staff rated him quite positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for respecting all court employees regardless of position. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated Judge Ritter very highly on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge Ritter was appointed District Judge in 1997. Prior to that appointment, he worked in private practice and as an assistant district attorney. He presides over a diversified docket and hears both civil and criminal cases. Judge Ritter is the Chair of the Judiciary's Budget Committee. He received his undergraduate degree from New Mexico State University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1987.

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

Attorneys (n=62, 53% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 8% 0%
Fair and Impartial 88% 7% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law 90% 8% 2%
Communication is Clear 97% 3% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 10% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 2% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=20, 63% 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 82% 6% 12%
Jurors (n=37, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 0% 3%
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% 0% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 5% 0%
Fair and Impartial 95% 5% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 95% 5% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 95% 3% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 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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