Final Recommendation

Brett R. Loveless
The Honorable

Brett R. Loveless

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

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Overall, the survey results for Judge Brett Loveless were quite positive. Attorneys rated him highly for being attentive to the proceedings, for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, for conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance, for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation, and for his ability to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. Court staff rated him very highly in all areas. Resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated him positively in all areas, including a high rating for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts.

Experience & Education: Judge Brett Loveless was appointed as a District Court Judge in March 2012 and elected to the position in November 2014. Prior to becoming a District Court Judge, Judge Loveless served in the 2nd Judicial District Attorney’s office for more than 10 years. He also worked in private practice in civil litigation. Judge Loveless received his undergraduate degree from UNM in 1992 and his law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1995.

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

Attorneys (n=115, 44% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 89% 8% 3%
Fair and Impartial 88% 7% 5%
Knowledgeable of Law 86% 11% 3%
Communication is Clear 90% 6% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 4% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 8% 1%
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 100% 0% 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 100% 0% 0%
Jurors (n=61, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 98% 0% 2%
Fair and Impartial 98% 0% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 2% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 98% 1% 1%
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 90% 8% 2%
Fair and Impartial 87% 5% 7%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 90% 2% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 4% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 4% 4%
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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