Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Theresa A. Gomez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2002

Recommendation: No Opinion

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Gomez' performance was rated favorably by those surveyed for this evaluation. Respondents indicate that she displays a basic sense of fairness, treats participants in her courtroom equally and courteously, and is knowledgeable of the rules of substantive law, procedure, and evidence. Judge Gomez received lower ratings for her punctuality in commencing proceedings. The judge acknowledges that this is an area of concern and has expressed a desire to improve in this regard. Judge Gomez' gambling problem has been made public, and she has indicated she is taking positive steps towards dealing with this problem. The decision not to make a recommendation on retention was based on what impact this problem may have on Judge Gomez' future judicial performance.

Experience & Education: Judge Gomez has served on the Metropolitan Court since 1991. Before this, she worked for the New Mexico Public Defender's Office and the New Mexico Attorney General's Office; she has also worked in private practice. The judge received the New Mexico State Bar Outstanding Judicial Service Award in 1994 and is active in a variety of community organizations. She received her undergraduate degree from the University of California-Davis and her law degree from the University of New Mexico.

 

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