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Vigna, Rosalie 2002 Evaluation


Tenth Judicial District - District Court Judge

Honorable Rosalie Vigna 

Retention Year: 2002
Recommendation: Retain

The Tenth Judicial District Commission on Judicial Performance recommends that Judge Rosalie Vigna BE RETAINED.

Judge Vigna was appointed to the bench in May 1993. Prior to this appointment, Judge Vigna worked in both the public and private legal sectors. Her areas of specialization included criminal law, civil litigation, domestic relations, juvenile, probate and social security. Judge Vigna has a good reputation in the legal community in the areas of criminal law, personal injury and domestic relations. She works hard and researches her cases in advance in order to ensure that she is well informed and up to date on the cases she hears.

Judge Vigna’s community activities include mentoring at-risk children and Habitat for Humanity. The Commission finds her community involvement to be laudable.

Judge Vigna received high ratings (B+ to A-) from attorneys surveyed and fairly high ratings from non-attorneys surveyed (B to B+). Additionally, the Commission interviewed ten persons who work with the courts (Probation Department, Sheriff’s Office, Police Department, etc.) All interviewed stated Judge Vigna should be retained. There were no reservations regarding Judge Vigna’s retention. She has heard many pro se cases and notes she does take more time in explaining the intricacies of the law to ensure that persons involved could understand the law better. Nearly all attorney and non-attorney comments were positive. Negative comments concerning Judge Vigna included that Judge Vigna could improve the efficiency of her staff.

Written survey results showed that 96% of attorneys surveyed recommend retention for Judge Vigna and 80% of non-attorneys recommend retention.