Miller, Sandra 2004 Evaluation


Seventh Judicial District - Delta County Court Judge

Honorable Sandra K. Miller 

Retention Year: 2004
Recommendation: Retain

The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Sandra K. Miller BE RETAINED. Of the 9-member Commission, 8 were eligible to vote; all eight 8 voted in favor to recommend retention.

Judge Miller is a 1987 graduate of the University of Texas law school. She spent approximately 8 years in private practice and 3 as a deputy district attorney before being appointed to the Delta County Court bench in April 2001. Judge Miller's position is defined by the state as a part-time appointment (70% FTE). Judge Miller, aside from her work on the bench, participates in the Bench-Bar Committee, the Tandem Families board of directors and drug court (a volunteer position). She enjoys aerobics, tennis and other forms of physical exercise.

Judge Miller's case load consists of 33% civil, 10% restraining orders, and 57% criminal (traffic, felony and juvenile). Ninety-six percent of attorneys responding to the evaluation recommended that Judge Miller be retained in office, 4% recommended that she not be retained. Of the non-attorneys, 90% recommended retention, 9%recommended non-retention, and 1% expressed no opinion. Commission members observed Judge Miller to be impartial, patient and in control of her courtroom. Judge Miller manages her docket in an efficient manner, making her rulings based on merits of the case at hand and applies the law fairly. Judge Miller aspires to contribute to her community, and seeks to improve the level of professionalism of the attorneys who appear in her court. She displays a refreshingly honest sense of humility, while being self confident and frank.

Based on information obtained through public hearings, interviews with attorneys and non-attorneys and a personal interview, the Commission was very favorably impressed with Judge Miller.

The Seventh Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends Judge Miller be retrained.