Final Recommendation

Cindy M. Mercer
The Honorable

Cindy M. Mercer

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

Year: 2020

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Cindy Mercer received a positive overall evaluation. Judge Mercer received positive ratings from attorneys for maintaining proper control over the proceedings, being attentive to the proceedings, for displaying familiarity with court cases through prior preparation, and for demonstrating appropriate demeanor on the bench. In addition, court staff rated Judge Mercer highly on all attributes. The resource staff (e.g., law enforcement, probation and parole officers, interpreters, etc.) rated her positively for being attentive to the proceedings, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and for behaving in a manner that encourages respect for the courts.

Experience & Education: Judge Cindy Mercer graduated from New Mexico State University with a bachelor’s degree in psychology and criminal justice in December 1991 and received her law degree from the University of Nebraska in 1997. She was elected as a District Court Judge in November 2014. Her community involvement includes being a Special Olympics volunteer and a Sunday school teacher since 1991.

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

Attorneys (n=91, 33% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 88% 9% 3%
Fair and Impartial 80% 11% 9%
Knowledgeable of Law 80% 12% 8%
Communication is Clear 87% 10% 3%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 8% 6%
Properly Controls Proceedings 91% 7% 2%
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 100% 0% 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 96% 0% 4%
Jurors (n=14, 18% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 86% 7% 7%
Fair and Impartial 87% 4% 9%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 94% 2% 4%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 2% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 93% 7% 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 81% 15% 4%
Fair and Impartial 67% 19% 15%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 73% 19% 8%
Appropriate Demeanor 81% 19% 0%
Properly Controls Proceedings 88% 12% 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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