Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Henry A. Alaniz

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Henry Alaniz received generally positive ratings from all groups surveyed. Attorneys rated him highly for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being courteous to all participants, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and for being attentive to the proceedings. Court staff rated him highly in all areas. Resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) rated him slightly lower for not always displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case.

Experience & Education: Judge Henry Alaniz received his bachelor’s degree from Eastern New Mexico University, his MBA from the UNM Anderson School of Management, and his law degree from the University of New Mexico in 1996. He was appointed as Metro Judge in 2011 and was subsequently elected in 2012. He was elected Chief Judge in 2014. Judge Alaniz’s prior legal experience includes serving as a prosecutor with the Second Judicial District, private practice, and New Mexico Gaming Control Hearing Officer. His community service includes the State Bar of New Mexico, member of Popejoy Foundation Board, and commissioner of the Board of Bar Examiners.

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

Attorneys (n=41, 46% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 93% 2% 5%
Fair and Impartial 91% 7% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law 86% 11% 2%
Communication is Clear 93% 7% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 3% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 95% 2% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=79, 39% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 11% 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 91% 4% 5%
Resource Staff (n=49)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 75% 13% 13%
Fair and Impartial 67% 10% 23%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 80% 9% 11%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 2% 11%
Properly Controls Proceedings 80% 11% 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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