RETAIN | 6 - 0
Romano D. DiBenedetto
Nome Superior Court | Second Judicial District
Judge Romano DiBenedetto was appointed to the Nome Superior Court in February of 2017. This is his first retention evaluation. Judge DiBenedetto handles civil and criminal cases.
After conducting its performance review, the Judicial Council determined that Judge DiBenedetto met or exceeded performance standards on all criteria, including legal ability, integrity, impartiality/fairness, temperament, diligence, and administrative skills.
The Council also determined that Judge DiBenedetto met or exceeded educational requirements set by the Alaska Supreme Court.
Because Judge DiBenedetto met or exceeded all performance and professional development standards, the Alaska Judicial Council recommends a “yes” vote on retention in office.
The Council conducts a thorough performance review of each judge standing for retention. Key findings for Judge DiBenedetto include:
- Ratings by justice system professionals: Attorneys and law enforcement officers who appeared before Judge DiBenedetto gave him good reviews, as did court employees. The chart shows the survey ratings received by Judge DiBenedetto.
- Ratings by jurors: Jurors who served in trials before Judge DiBenedetto during 2018 and 2019 rated him 4.8 overall on a five-point scale. One juror commented, “Thank you for the instructions given to the jury at the beginning, and explaining what the district and defense attorneys proceedings were.”
- Professional activities: The Council’s review of Judge DiBenedetto’s professional activities showed positive contributions to his community and to the administration of justice. Judge DiBenedetto served as a member of the court system’s criminal pattern jury instruction committee, and as a mentor to newer judges. Judge DiBenedetto spoke at a youth conference in Nome.
- Other performance indicators: The Council’s review of other performance indicators, including Judge DiBenedetto’s financial and conflict of interest statements, disqualifications from cases, and appellate reversal rates, raised no performance concerns.
- Timeliness: Alaska law requires judges’ pay be withheld if a decision is pending longer than six months. The Council verified that Judge DiBenedetto was paid on schedule, and he certified that he had no untimely decisions.
- Ethics: There were no public disciplinary proceedings against Judge DiBenedetto, and the Council’s review found no ethical concerns.
Judge DiBenedetto’s Statements to the Public