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Twelfth Judicial District - Conejos County Judge

2010 Retention Survey Report
2009 Interim Survey Report

Honorable Mary Elizabeth Garcia

Retention year: 2010
Recommendation: Retain

The Twelfth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance unanimously recommends that Judge Mary Elizabeth Garcia BE RETAINED

Governor Ritter appointed Judge Garcia to the Conejos County bench in September, 2007. She earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in history and English from Adams State College in Alamosa, Colorado, in 1965, and a law degree from the University of Denver College of Law in Denver, Colorado, in 1980. Judge Garcia has lived in Conejos County since 1983 and is familiar with the population which she serves. She is involved in San Luis Valley community organizations such as the Boys and Girls Club.

As Conejos County Judge, Judge Garcia presides over traffic cases, misdemeanors, petty offenses, felony preliminary hearings, small claims, and civil cases not exceeding $15,000. Judge Garcia is a partner in private practice with Garcia Law Practice in Alamosa, Colorado, and a part time Municipal Judge for the town of La Jara, Conejos County, Colorado. She handled a civil practice with an emphasis in family law for over twenty years. Judge Garcia is a member of the Colorado Bar Association.

The Judicial Performance Commission was concerned about the survey responses compared to all county judges, and retention recommendations, statewide. Overall, Judge Garcia’s grades were lower than the average for county judges. Judge Garcia is cognizant that there are some areas that need improvement, and she discussed specific steps to improve. The Commission certainly agrees that improvement, particularly with regard to organization, is necessary. Judge Garcia assured the Commission that she would strive to correct deficiencies brought to her attention by the surveys and the Commission. Judge Garcia would benefit from intense training offered through the National Judicial College in Reno, Nevada. The Commission did note that Judge Garcia’s scores increased over each of the last three years. Judge Garcia is respected and well received in her community, and she endeavors to treat each person in her courtroom with dignity.

Of all attorneys surveyed about retention, 73% recommended to retain, 18% not to retain, and 9% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 80% recommended to retain and 20% not to retain. Of all non-attorneys surveyed, 64% recommended to retain, 22% not to retain, and 13% expressed no opinion. Excluding those who had no opinion, 74% recommended to retain and 26% not to retain. (These percentages may not total 100% due to rounding.)