Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Kenny C. Montoya

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results: Not Retained

Evaluation: Judge Kenny Montoya received mixed ratings from the various populations surveyed. Judge Montoya received high ratings from resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers), court staff and jurors. However, Judge Montoya's ratings among attorneys were somewhat lower. Attorneys rated Judge Montoya positively in being punctual in commencing proceedings, being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and for ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. However, attorneys rated Judge Montoya somewhat lower in exercising sound legal reasoning, being knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence, and in overall satisfaction with his performance as a judge. The attorney ratings in these areas were among the lowest in the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. In his interview with the Commission, Judge Montoya failed to recognize and commit to addressing the deficiencies in his judicial performance with regard to exercising sound legal reasoning and being knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence.

Experience & Education: Judge Kenny Montoya was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2014. His prior work experience includes serving as a JAG and in private practice. He is a member of the Adjutant General's Association and the National Guard Association. Judge Montoya received his law degree from UNM School of Law in 1995, a Master of Laws from the Judge Advocate General's Legal Center and School in 1997, and a Masters of Strategic Studies from the U.S. Army War College in 2002.

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

Attorneys (n=47, 42% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 65% 11% 24%
Fair and Impartial 67% 14% 19%
Knowledgeable of Law 60% 10% 30%
Communication is Clear 72% 6% 21%
Appropriate Demeanor 80% 5% 14%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 2% 9%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=59, 31% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 5% 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 93% 7% 0%
Jurors (n=9, 9% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 97% 3% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 89% 7% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 96% 4% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=44)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 91% 5% 5%
Fair and Impartial 85% 12% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 90% 7% 2%
Appropriate Demeanor 90% 10% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 10% 2%
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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