Final Recommendation

Manuel I. Arrieta
The Honorable

Manuel I. Arrieta

District Court Judge
3rd Judicial District --
Doña Ana County
Civil Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Manuel Arrieta received a positive overall evaluation. Judge Arrieta received high scores from attorneys for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and for being attentive to the proceedings. He received positive ratings on all attributes from resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.). Judge Arrieta received positive ratings among court staff for conducting himself in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for respecting court employees regardless of position.

Experience & Education: Judge Manuel Arrieta graduated from New Mexico State University and received his law degree from the University of Michigan in 1984. He was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2009 and was subsequently elected in 2010. His colleagues elected Judge Arrieta Chief Judge in April 2019. Judge Arrieta’s prior community involvement includes Big Brothers/Big Sisters, Young Executives, Las Cruces Homeless Legal Clinic, Voter Protection, the New Mexico High School Mock Trial Program, and the Hispanic Bar Association.

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

Attorneys (n=154, 45% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 90% 7% 3%
Fair and Impartial 84% 8% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 79% 15% 6%
Communication is Clear 81% 13% 6%
Appropriate Demeanor 91% 5% 4%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 5% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=49, 67% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 87% 8% 5%
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 74% 16% 11%
Jurors (n=9, 19% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 94% 6% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=48, 11% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 81% 19% 0%
Fair and Impartial 81% 6% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 81% 19% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 81% 6% 13%
Properly Controls Proceedings 81% 13% 6%
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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