Final Recommendation

Christina P. Argyres
The Honorable

Christina P. Argyres

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County
Criminal Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Christina Argyres’ scores were somewhat lower when compared to the other judges in the 2nd Judicial District Court. Attorneys gave her low rating for not always displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case. They also gave her low ratings for not exercising sound legal reasoning and for not being thoroughly knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence. Attorneys gave her low ratings for not always being courteous to all participants and for not always demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench. Lastly, attorneys and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) felt that Judge Argyres is not punctual in commencing proceedings on time. During Judge Christina Argyres’ interview, she expressed a willingness to improve her judicial performance. However, the Commission has previously discussed the above issues with her and Judge Christina Argyres has not shown improvement in these areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Christina Argyres was elected as a District Court Judge in 2012. She presides over criminal cases, as well as Veterans Court. Judge Christina Argyres began her judicial career in 2010 when she was appointed to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. In addition, Judge Christina Argyres previously worked at the United States Attorney’s Office, the New Mexico Public Defender Department, and was a sole practitioner. Judge Argyres received her undergraduate degree from UNM, her graduate degree from Harvard University, and her law degree from Ohio Northern University School of Law in 1997.

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

Attorneys (n=108, 43% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 45% 25% 30%
Fair and Impartial 46% 21% 33%
Knowledgeable of Law 37% 25% 38%
Communication is Clear 45% 16% 38%
Appropriate Demeanor 37% 26% 37%
Properly Controls Proceedings 71% 19% 10%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=103, 41% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 57% 18% 25%
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 62% 18% 20%
Jurors (n=60, 27% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 95% 5% 0%
Fair and Impartial 97% 3% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 2% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 2% 1%
Properly Controls Proceedings 98% 2% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=199, 11% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 52% 20% 28%
Fair and Impartial 46% 22% 32%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 64% 20% 16%
Appropriate Demeanor 59% 17% 24%
Properly Controls Proceedings 62% 18% 20%
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. ‡

Attorney Retain Recommendation Bar ChartCourt Staff Retain Recommendation Bar ChartResource Staff Retain Recommendation Bar Chart

‡ 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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