Final Recommendation

Brittany Maldonado Malott
The Honorable

Brittany Maldonado Malott

Metropolitan Court Judge
Bernalillo County

Year: 2022

Recommendation: Retain

Election Results:

Evaluation: Judge Brittany Maldonado Malott was rated quite positively by attorneys and court staff. For example, attorneys rated her highly for familiarity with cases, showing appropriate demeanor on the bench, courtesy to all participants and ensuring that her staff is professional, productive and knowledgeable. Resource staff (i.e., law enforcement officers) gave her lower marks in some areas, such as not always displaying fairness to each side, a criticism the judge has committed to improve. Court staff rated her positively on all attributes.

Experience & Education: Judge Brittany Maldonado Malott has undergraduate and law degrees from the University of New Mexico. She worked for the Law Office of the Public Defender from 2013 until her appointment to the bench in February 2019 and subsequent election to the seat in 2020. She presides over specialty courts including Behavioral Health Court and Behavioral Health DWI Court. In 2021, she created a program to help certain low level defendants with mental health needs to connect to community providers.

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

Attorneys (n=68, 54% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 94% 4% 1%
Fair and Impartial 85% 12% 3%
Knowledgeable of Law 85% 12% 3%
Communication is Clear 87% 12% 1%
Appropriate Demeanor 93% 4% 3%
Properly Controls Proceedings 94% 4% 1%
Respects Court Employees N/A N/A N/A
Court Staff (n=39, 18% Response Rate)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 78% 16% 5%
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 81% 11% 8%
Resource Staff (n=19)
Category Agree Partly Agree/ Partly Disagree Disagree
Exhibits Integrity 82% 0% 18%
Fair and Impartial 41% 18% 41%
Knowledgeable of Law N/A N/A N/A
Communication is Clear 71% 18% 12%
Appropriate Demeanor 71% 6% 24%
Properly Controls Proceedings 71% 18% 12%
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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