Final Recommendation

Douglas R. Driggers
The Honorable

Douglas R. Driggers

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

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Douglas Driggers received generally positive scores overall. For example, attorneys rated Judge Driggers quite positively for being punctual in commencing proceedings, being prompt in scheduling hearings and trials, ruling on motions or cases in a timely manner, and ensuring his personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable. Although his other scores among attorneys were positive, he received somewhat lower scores on conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance and being courteous to all participants. The court staff rated him positively on all attributes and the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) gave him generally positive scores.

Experience & Education: Judge Douglas Driggers was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2003 and was elected in 2004. He has heard civil and criminal cases, has served as Chief Judge and is the senior member of the 3rd Judicial District Court. Judge Driggers graduated from the UNM School of Law in 1974. He served as a Doña Ana County Assistant District Attorney, was elected District Attorney, and served seven years in private practice prior to his appointment to the 3rd Judicial District Court. He is a founding member and past chair of the Doña Ana Crime Stoppers organization.

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

Attorneys (n=72, 44% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 10% 6%
Fair and Impartial 75% 14% 11%
Knowledgeable of Law 81% 10% 9%
Communication is Clear 75% 17% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 55% 19% 26%
Properly Controls Proceedings 86% 8% 6%
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% 5% 8%
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 76% 11% 13%
Jurors (n=40, 23% 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 99% 1% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 97% 3% 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 73% 7% 20%
Fair and Impartial 71% 14% 16%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 79% 3% 17%
Appropriate Demeanor 66% 10% 24%
Properly Controls Proceedings 83% 10% 7%
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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