Final Recommendation

Victor S. Lopez
The Honorable

Victor S. Lopez

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

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Victor Lopez received somewhat mixed results from attorneys and court staff. For example, attorneys rated the judge positively for being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, being punctual in commencing proceedings, and for ensuring personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. Court staff rated the judge positively for respecting court employees regardless of their position. However, the judge received somewhat lower scores from attorneys for not always exercising sound legal reasoning and not being thoroughly knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence. The judge has not improved in those areas since his 2017 evaluation. The judge also received somewhat lower scores for displaying fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case.

Experience & Education: Judge Victor Lopez was elected to the bench in 2014. He has experience in civil, criminal, and administrative law. He currently hears exclusively civil cases. Before becoming a district court judge, Judge Lopez worked as a practicing attorney focusing on civil law. Judge Lopez served as a Workers’ Compensation Judge, a Disciplinary Board Hearing Officer, and a DWI Hearing Officer. Judge Lopez received his undergraduate degree from University of California Berkeley in 1980 and his law degree from the University of California Los Angeles in 1983.

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

Attorneys (n=182, 35% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 73% 13% 14%
Fair and Impartial 62% 18% 20%
Knowledgeable of Law 50% 23% 26%
Communication is Clear 61% 25% 14%
Appropriate Demeanor 76% 14% 9%
Properly Controls Proceedings 80% 14% 6%
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 75% 7% 18%
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 79% 11% 11%

* 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 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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