Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Sandra Engel

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Sandra Engel received positive scores from the attorneys surveyed. Judge Engel was rated positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, being attentive to proceedings, maintaining proper control over proceedings, and for her ability to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. Judge Engel's scores among attorneys have improved in many areas since her last evaluation; although still reasonably positive, her scores among resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) have gone down slightly in all areas. The court staff rates Judge Engel highly in all areas.

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=58, 43% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 83% 12% 5%
Fair and Impartial 78% 10% 12%
Knowledgeable of Law 84% 11% 5%
Communication is Clear 88% 5% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 84% 9% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 4% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=61, 32% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 93% 7% 0%
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 90% 8% 2%
Jurors (n=11, 9% 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 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=45)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 5% 11%
Fair and Impartial 79% 9% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 80% 9% 11%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 4% 9%
Properly Controls Proceedings 80% 9% 11%
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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