Final Recommendation

Vidalia  Chavez
The Honorable

Vidalia Chavez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2022

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Vidalia Chavez's scores were generally positive. For example, the lawyers rated Judge Chavez highly for being courteous to all participants, being attentive to proceedings, treating pro se parties fairly, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive, and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. The court staff rated Judge Chavez positively on all attributes. Judge Chavez's scores among the resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) improved since her previous evaluation for being courteous to all participants, being attentive to the proceedings, and for maintaining proper control over the proceedings.

Experience & Education: Judge Vidalia Chavez was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2014. Her prior work experience includes private practice and service with the New Mexico Public Defender’s Department. She is a member of the New Mexico Hispanic Bar Association. Judge Chavez received her undergraduate degree from the University of New Mexico in 2003 and her law degree from UNM School of Law in 2006.

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

Attorneys (n=74, 57% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 8% 8%
Fair and Impartial 81% 11% 8%
Knowledgeable of Law 81% 8% 11%
Communication is Clear 82% 11% 7%
Appropriate Demeanor 86% 7% 7%
Properly Controls Proceedings 90% 7% 3%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=41, 19% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 85% 8% 8%
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 78% 5% 18%
Resource Staff (n=27)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 80% 8% 12%
Fair and Impartial 60% 16% 24%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 72% 12% 16%
Appropriate Demeanor 88% 4% 8%
Properly Controls Proceedings 76% 16% 8%
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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