Final Recommendation

Marie  Ward
The Honorable

Marie Ward

District Court Judge
2nd Judicial District --
Bernalillo County
Children's Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Overall, Judge Marie Ward’s scores were somewhat mixed. Attorneys rated her positively for being attentive to the proceedings, for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation, and for being knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence. The court staff rated her positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. Regarding fairness and impartiality, the attorneys and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) felt that Judge Ward does not always treat all participants equally and that she did not always display fairness and impartiality toward each side of the case. Since her last evaluation in 2017, Judge Ward has shown improvement with attorneys and resource staff when it comes to being punctual in commencing proceedings and ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner. In her interview, Judge Ward acknowledged that she received lower scores in certain areas of her performance and indicated a willingness to work to improve in those areas.

Experience & Education: Judge Marie Ward was appointed as a District Court Judge in March 2014 and elected in November 2014. Judge Ward is the Presiding Judge of the Children’s Court Division and presides over the Juvenile Drug Treatment Court. She received her undergraduate and law degrees from UNM. Prior to her judgeship, Judge Ward worked in private practice, as a Special Assistant Attorney General (child support), a Trial Court Staff Attorney, and Family Court Hearing Officer for the 2nd Judicial District Court.

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

Attorneys (n=61, 38% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 67% 16% 16%
Fair and Impartial 59% 14% 27%
Knowledgeable of Law 73% 19% 8%
Communication is Clear 81% 13% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 60% 24% 16%
Properly Controls Proceedings 85% 8% 7%
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 81% 11% 7%
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 67% 22% 11%
Resource Staff (n=199, 11% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 57% 19% 24%
Fair and Impartial 48% 16% 36%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 66% 13% 21%
Appropriate Demeanor 56% 16% 29%
Properly Controls Proceedings 67% 11% 21%
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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