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Bernalillo County Judge of the Metropolitan Court Division 11

Metropolitan Court has jurisdiction over civil actions under $10,000, felony first appearances, misdemeanors, misdemeanor DWI/DUI; misdemeanor domestic violence, and traffic violations. Elected for a four-year term.

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    Shonnetta Raquette Estrada

Biographical Information

Describe the experience and abilities that qualify you for this position.

Do you support an expanded role for specialty courts, e.g., DWI, drug, domestic violence early intervention program, etc.?

What changes in training and support for metropolitan court judges would you like to see implemented?

Do you believe that metropolitan court judges should continue to be elected in partisan elections?

How do you deal with difficult people, including peers, lawyers, administrative personnel, or litigants?

What other information would you like the voters to know about you?

Appointed Metro Court Judge by Governor after being recommended by the Bipartisan Judicial Nominating Commission. I am a former prosecutor with vast trial experience including complex and high profile cases. As the appointee I am doing the work daily. I covet, honor, and respect my role as a public servant.
Specialty Courts at Metro Court are doing important work for the community as a whole. Some of the Specialty Courts have served as models for others. The impact seen daily is immense. It is a privilege to preside over the Courts to Schools Specialty Court. I support and look forward to contributing to expanding the wonderful work being done across all the Specialty Courts.
There are many opportunities for training both locally and nationally. The variety and range of topics is expansive and I hope that continues.
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All people want to be heard and understood. With that in mind I just listen. I listen with patience and allow the time to get a point across. I listen to understand and not simply to respond. I listen with respect for the persons experience and perspective. I listen to the way in which I communicate to others. By listening this way more is accomplished and the decorum, dignity, and tone of the Court is maintained.
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