Jerry H. Ritter, Jr.
District Court Judge
12th Judicial District --
Lincoln and Otero Counties
Evaluation: Judge Ritter received favorable ratings in all areas of his judicial performance. The evaluation indicates that the judge is thorough in the preparation of court cases, is dignified and has a respectful demeanor, is attentive and punctual in conducting proceedings, and displays fairness in the courtroom. The judge received positive scores in his prior evaluation and has maintained and improved in most areas. Judge Ritter is committed to ongoing self-improvement and to setting high professional standards for his court.
Experience & Education: Prior to his appointment to District Court in 1997, Judge Ritter worked in private practice and as an Assistant District Attorney. He is currently presiding judge of the Juvenile Drug Court and is Chief Judge for the district. He is also active in various civic and professional organizations. Judge Ritter received his undergraduate degree in government from New Mexico State University and his law degree from the University of New Mexico.