Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Yvette K. Gonzales

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Judge Yvette Gonzales rated positively with attorneys for being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over proceedings, being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable. In fact, her scores among attorneys improved in all areas. The court staff and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) rated Judge Gonzales positively on all attributes. Some of the attorneys who responded rated Judge Gonzales somewhat lower when it comes to displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case and not always treating participants equally. Judge Gonzales is aware of this perception and has indicated a commitment to improving in these areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Yvette Gonzales was appointed and elected as a Metropolitan Court Judge in 2010. Prior to this, Judge Gonzales was a staff attorney for the State Bar of New Mexico for a year, was a Second Judicial District Assistant District Attorney for 12 years and then served as special counsel to Speaker of the House Ben Lujan for a year. Judge Gonzales received both her undergraduate degree in 1994 and her law degree in 1997 from the University of New Mexico.

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

Attorneys (n=48, 43% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 75% 8% 17%
Fair and Impartial 72% 8% 20%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 13% 15%
Communication is Clear 83% 8% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 81% 9% 10%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 6% 4%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=47, 26% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 4% 6%
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 85% 6% 9%
Jurors (n=17, 19% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 94% 3% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 92% 5% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 2% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 0% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=33)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 3% 9%
Fair and Impartial 86% 4% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 82% 9% 9%
Appropriate Demeanor 85% 3% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 6% 6%
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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