Final Recommendation

Robert A. Aragon
The Honorable

Robert A. Aragon

District Court Judge
11th Judicial District --
McKinley and San Juan Counties
General Jurisdiction Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Robert Aragon received generally positive ratings from attorneys and court staff. Among attorneys, he was given positive ratings for being attentive to the proceedings, ensuring personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable, finding facts and interpreting the law without regard to possible public criticism, and maintaining proper control over proceedings. In addition, the court staff rated him positively for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and respecting court employees regardless of position. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) results for Judge Aragon were not considered by the Commission for this evaluation due to a lack of sufficient respondents.

Experience & Education: Judge Robert Aragon was appointed as a District Court Judge in 2005 and elected in 2006. Prior to his appointment, he served as District Attorney for McKinley County and was in private practice. He presides over a diversified docket and hears civil, criminal, children's court and domestic relations cases. He received both his undergraduate and law degrees from UNM.

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

Attorneys (n=55, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 76% 7% 17%
Fair and Impartial 75% 11% 15%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 12% 12%
Communication is Clear 70% 18% 13%
Appropriate Demeanor 73% 13% 13%
Properly Controls Proceedings 80% 11% 9%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=49, 72% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 6% 6%
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 87% 0% 13%
Jurors (n=10, 18% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 100% 0% 0%
Fair and Impartial 92% 8% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 3% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 7% 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 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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