Final Recommendation

Jacqueline Dolores Flores
The Honorable

Jacqueline Dolores Flores

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

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Do Not Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Jacqueline Flores’ scores were lower when compared to the other judges in the 2nd Judicial District. Regarding fairness and impartiality, the attorneys and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) gave her low ratings when it comes to treating all participants equally and displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case. In addition, the attorneys and resource staff gave her low scores for not always being courteous to all participants and for not always being punctual in commencing proceedings. As to Judge Flores’ legal ability, the attorneys gave her low ratings in the areas of exercising sound legal reasoning and for her knowledge of substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence. The Commission has discussed these issues in several previous interviews with Judge Flores. However, during Judge Flores’ interview, she did not answer direct questions regarding how she planned to improve her performance.

Experience & Education: Judge Jacqueline Flores was appointed as a District Judge in October 2009 and elected in November 2010. She received her undergraduate degree and law degree from UNM. Prior to taking the bench, she worked in the NM Public Defender office and in private practice in criminal defense. In 2013, Judge Flores received the MADD award.

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

Attorneys (n=107, 42% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 52% 21% 27%
Fair and Impartial 40% 24% 36%
Knowledgeable of Law 41% 25% 34%
Communication is Clear 55% 24% 21%
Appropriate Demeanor 41% 25% 33%
Properly Controls Proceedings 69% 11% 20%
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 72% 19% 9%
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 60% 19% 21%
Jurors (n=61, 29% 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 97% 2% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 99% 1% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 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 42% 20% 38%
Fair and Impartial 33% 17% 50%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 43% 20% 36%
Appropriate Demeanor 41% 25% 34%
Properly Controls Proceedings 55% 20% 25%
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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