Final Recommendation

The Honorable

Renee Torres

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2018

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results: Retained

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Renee Torres received positive scores from attorneys surveyed. She was rated positively for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, for maintaining proper control over proceedings, being courteous to all participants, and for treating all participants equally. Judge Torres received positive ratings in all areas from court staff. Even though Judge Torres’ survey scores from resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) were low, the small sample size has been given major consideration; therefore, the Commission does not consider the low scores to be a significant factor. Judge Torres has proven to be a valuable addition to the Metropolitan Court, especially in taking the lead in the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court.

Experience & Education: Judge Renee Torres was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in November 2016. Prior to serving on the court, she served as Isleta Tribal Court Judge, Zia Tribal Court Judge, and worked in the office of the New Mexico Public Defender. Judge Torres received her undergraduate degree from NMSU in 1992 and her law degree from UNM School of Law in 2003. She was admitted to the New Mexico Bar in 2004.

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

Attorneys (n=35, 41% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 9% 3%
Fair and Impartial 80% 17% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 22% 3%
Communication is Clear 81% 19% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 87% 11% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 13% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=54, 29% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 8% 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 83% 11% 6%
Resource Staff (n=14)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 57% 21% 21%
Fair and Impartial 41% 31% 28%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 36% 36% 29%
Appropriate Demeanor 71% 14% 14%
Properly Controls Proceedings 71% 14% 14%
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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