Final Recommendation

The Honorable

George P. Eichwald

District Court Judge
13th Judicial District --
Cibola, Sandoval, and Valencia Counties

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge George Eichwald received positive scores from attorneys and high scores from court staff in each area of the evaluation. Among attorneys, he received positive scores for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, and for being attentive to the proceedings. Among court staff, Judge Eichwald’s scores are among the highest in the district. However, the judge was rated somewhat lower by the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.), particularly in the areas of treating all participants equally and displaying fairness and impartiality towards each side of the case. The judge expressed a commitment to improving his judicial performance.

Experience & Education: Judge Eichwald was appointed District Judge in August 2004 and elected the following November. During his time on the bench, he has presided over both civil and criminal cases, and serves as the Water Law Judge for the 13th Judicial District. He also oversees the Adult Drug Court for Sandoval County. Prior to his appointment, he worked in private practice for 15 years. Judge Eichwald received his undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1984.

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

Attorneys (n=132, 40% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 5% 10%
Fair and Impartial 76% 12% 12%
Knowledgeable of Law 74% 16% 10%
Communication is Clear 76% 18% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 5% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 85% 12% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=48, 65% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 3% 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=24, 41% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 99% 1% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 67% 18% 16%
Fair and Impartial 58% 15% 27%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 62% 20% 18%
Appropriate Demeanor 71% 18% 11%
Properly Controls Proceedings 67% 23% 9%
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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