Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Vidalia G. Chavez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Vidalia Chavez’ scores were generally positive. For example, the lawyers rated Judge Chavez highly for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being attentive to proceedings, and for treating pro se parties fairly. The court staff rated Judge Chavez positively on all attributes. The Judge received somewhat lower scores from the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers).

Experience & Education: Judge Vidalia Chavez was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2014. She currently serves as presiding criminal judge as well as presiding judge of the Behavioral Health Court DWI Program. Her prior work experience includes private practice and service with the Office of the Public Defender, State of New Mexico. She is a member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Chavez received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 2003 and her law degree from UNM School of Law in 2006.

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

Attorneys (n=49, 45% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 94% 2% 4%
Fair and Impartial 86% 7% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law 81% 11% 8%
Communication is Clear 78% 12% 10%
Appropriate Demeanor 94% 3% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 84% 8% 8%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=55, 30% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 7% 4%
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 87% 11% 2%
Jurors (n=17, 16% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 100% 0% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 98% 2% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=41)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 65% 18% 18%
Fair and Impartial 56% 25% 19%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 63% 13% 25%
Appropriate Demeanor 80% 10% 10%
Properly Controls Proceedings 67% 23% 10%
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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