Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Sandra Engel

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2014

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Sandra Engel received positive scores from attorneys surveyed. She was rated positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being punctual in commencing proceedings, maintaining proper control over proceedings, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable. Judge Engel received high ratings from court staff and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) rated her positively in all areas. Judge Sandra Engel raised all of her scores from the previous survey in 2012.

Experience & Education: Judge Sandra Engel has served on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court since she was appointed, then elected, in 2006. Prior to serving on the court, she was an assistant district attorney in the Second Judicial District and worked in private practice. She has also worked in the pilot program for Veterans established in the existing Early Intervention Program. Judge Engel received her undergraduate degree and law degree from the University of Alabama. She was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 1994.

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

Attorneys (n=72, 37% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 76% 15% 9%
Fair and Impartial 72% 14% 14%
Knowledgeable of Law 74% 17% 9%
Communication is Clear 81% 12% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 79% 14% 7%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 6% 6%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=73, 35% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 7% 1%
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 89% 7% 4%
Jurors (n=48, 38% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 98% 2% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 99% 0% 1%
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 90% 6% 4%
Fair and Impartial 86% 9% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 90% 6% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 9% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 5% 4%
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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