Final Recommendation

James Waylon Counts
The Honorable

James Waylon Counts

District Court Judge
12th Judicial District --
Lincoln and Otero Counties
General Jurisdiction Court

Year: 9999

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge James Counts' overall survey results were positive. Attorneys rated him quite positively in the areas of maintaining proper control over the proceedings, being able to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters, and being knowledgeable regarding substantive law and the rules of procedure and evidence. While still generally positive, attorneys rated Judge Counts slightly lower in being courteous to all participants and conducting himself in a manner free from arrogance. The court staff rated him highly for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts and positively in all other areas. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated Judge Counts positively on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge James Counts was appointed to the District Court in 1999 and was elected to that judicial position the following year. He serves as the Water Judge for the District. Prior to becoming a judge, he served as an Assistant District Attorney and worked in private practice. He received the New Mexico Bar Association's Outstanding Judicial Service Award in 2006. 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=75, 40% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 9% 8%
Fair and Impartial 75% 11% 14%
Knowledgeable of Law 81% 13% 6%
Communication is Clear 76% 19% 5%
Appropriate Demeanor 63% 18% 19%
Properly Controls Proceedings 89% 4% 7%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=19, 70% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 94% 6% 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 82% 6% 12%
Jurors (n=57, 25% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 96% 4% 0%
Fair and Impartial 97% 2% 0%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 97% 3% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 95% 4% 1%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Resource Staff (n=30, 14% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 92% 8% 0%
Fair and Impartial 79% 17% 4%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 79% 13% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 75% 25% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 96% 4% 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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