Final Recommendation

Lee A. Kirksey
The Honorable

Lee A. Kirksey

District Court Judge
5th Judicial District --
Chaves, Eddy, and Lea Counties
General Jurisdiction Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Lee A. Kirksey received quite positive ratings from attorneys and resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) on all attributes. For example, attorneys rated her highly for being courteous to all participants, demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings. Court staff rated Judge Kirksey highly for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and for respecting all court employees regardless of their position. However, court staff rated her slightly lower when it comes to ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures.

Experience & Education: Judge Lee A. Kirksey graduated from Angelo State University and received her law degree from Texas Tech University in 1999. She was appointed as a District Court Judge in October 2014 and was subsequently elected in November 2014. Prior to becoming a District Court Judge, Judge Kirksey practiced family and civil law. Judge Kirksey’s community involvement includes church, Special Olympics, Rules of Civil Procedure Committee, and the FosterEd Local Planning Committee.

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

Attorneys (n=62, 32% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 5% 3%
Fair and Impartial 90% 8% 2%
Knowledgeable of Law 91% 6% 2%
Communication is Clear 95% 3% 2%
Appropriate Demeanor 97% 2% 2%
Properly Controls Proceedings 98% 0% 2%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=51, 74% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 15% 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 95% 5% 0%
Resource Staff (n=49, 11% 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 100% 0% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 100% 0% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 100% 0% 0%
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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