Final Recommendation

George P. Eichwald
The Honorable

George P. Eichwald

District Court Judge
13th Judicial District --
Cibola, Sandoval, and Valencia Counties
General Jurisdiction Court

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Overall, Judge George Eichwald received generally positive scores from attorneys surveyed. For example, they rated him positively for being courteous to all participants, maintaining proper control over proceedings, being attentive to proceedings, and for his ability to decisively rule on procedural and substantive matters. Judge Eichwald received positive ratings in all areas from court staff. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated him positively for maintaining proper control over proceedings, being courteous to all participants, and for being attentive to proceedings. However, the resource staff rated him somewhat lower in some areas. During his interview with the Commission, Judge Eichwald expressed his desire to continue to improve his judicial performance.

Experience & Education: Judge George Eichwald was appointed as a District Court Judge in August 2004 and elected the following November. During his time on the bench, he has presided over both civil and criminal cases and serves as the Water Law Judge for 13th Judicial District. Prior to his appointment, he worked in private practice for 15 years. Judge Eichwald received his undergraduate degree and MA from UNM and his law degree from the UNM School of Law in 1984.

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

Attorneys (n=102, 34% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 83% 11% 6%
Fair and Impartial 81% 6% 13%
Knowledgeable of Law 75% 17% 7%
Communication is Clear 78% 14% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 8% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 6% 4%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=41, 56% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 91% 3% 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 84% 9% 6%
Jurors (n=17, 24% 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
Resource Staff (n=58, 15% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 77% 15% 8%
Fair and Impartial 58% 12% 31%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 69% 31% 0%
Appropriate Demeanor 85% 8% 8%
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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