Final Recommendation

Maria I. Dominguez
The Honorable

Maria I. Dominguez

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2022

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Chief Judge Maria Dominguez received quite positive ratings from attorneys and court staff. For example, attorneys rated her highly for being courteous to all participants, treating pro se parties fairly, maintaining proper control over the proceedings, and for ensuring her personal staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable of court policies and procedures. Resource staff (e.g., law enforcement officers) gave her generally positive ratings on all attributes. As Chief Judge, she established and improved existing IT to enable virtual user-friendly courtrooms that met Supreme-Court-ruled protocols during the pandemic.

Experience & Education: Chief Judge Maria Dominguez was appointed in 2008 to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. Prior to her judicial appointment, she was in private practice as legal counsel for the Albuquerque Bernalillo County Air Board and contract hearing officer for the City of Albuquerque. Judge Dominguez graduated from New Mexico Highlands University with a B.A. in Political Science in 1992 and the University of New Mexico Law School in 1995. After admission to the New Mexico State Bar in 1996, she started her legal career as an Assistant Public Defender.

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

Attorneys (n=80, 57% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 13% 5%
Fair and Impartial 82% 8% 10%
Knowledgeable of Law 74% 14% 12%
Communication is Clear 80% 10% 10%
Appropriate Demeanor 92% 5% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 92% 8% 0%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=55, 25% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 76% 15% 9%
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 76% 13% 11%
Resource Staff (n=27)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 84% 4% 12%
Fair and Impartial 72% 12% 16%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 84% 4% 12%
Appropriate Demeanor 84% 4% 12%
Properly Controls Proceedings 83% 4% 13%
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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