Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Barbara J. Vigil

Supreme Court Justice
Statewide

Year: 2016

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Justice Barbara Vigil's overall survey results were quite positive. Attorneys rated her positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor during proceedings, writing opinions that are appropriate in tone and substance, and for displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case. The court staff scored her very highly for working effectively and cooperatively with other court personnel, behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts, and for being a hard worker. Her fellow appellate judges and the district judges rated her positively on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Justice Vigil is a former Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court and has served as Chief Judge in the 1st Judicial District in Santa Fe County. She graduated from the University of New Mexico School of Law in 1985, was in private practice until appointment to the District Court in 2000 and was elected to the New Mexico Supreme Court in 2012. She is active in local community, judicial and volunteer organizations. During her term as Chief Justice, she visited every Judicial District and Magistrate Court in New Mexico.

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

Attorneys (n=220, 49% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 7% 4%
Fair and Impartial 79% 13% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 74% 17% 9%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 7% 3%
Timeliness of Rulings 81% 13% 5%
Handles Ongoing Workload N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=48, 52% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 94% 6% 0%
Respects Court Employees 97% 0% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 72% 11% 17%
Handles Ongoing Workload 88% 0% 12%
Appellate Judges (n=13, 100% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Timeliness of Rulings 88% 13% 0%
Handles Ongoing Workload 100% 0% 0%
District Judges (n=60, 64% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 97% 2% 2%
Fair and Impartial N/A N/A N/A
Knowledgeable of Law 92% 6% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Appropriate Demeanor N/A N/A N/A
Timeliness of Rulings 76% 18% 6%
Handles Ongoing Workload 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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