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Judicial Vacancies

The Constitution of New Mexico mandates conduction of Judicial selection by the Judicial Nominating Commission, a board comprised of New Mexico Judges, attorneys and citizens, chaired by the Dean of the UNM School of Law.

The Commission solicits applications, interviews and recommends candidates to the Governor of New Mexico for each judicial vacancy on either of the state appellate courts, any of the 13 state district courts, and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Magistrate court vacancies are not subject to this process. Information about current magistrate court vacancies, and application procedures, can be found on the Governor’s website.

New Mexico First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted February 7, 2018

A vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist as of February 24, 2018 due to the resignation of The Honorable Jennifer L. Attrep effective Friday 23, 2018. This vacancy will 

be required to conduct docket at the Tierra Amarillo courthouse, handling a criminal and civil docket for Rio Arriba County and other cases as assigned by Chief Judge.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505.277.4700).  The deadline for applications has been set for March 7, 2018 at 5:00 pm.  Applications received after the deadline will not be considered.  Applications sent by mail must be received by the deadline.  Accordingly, applicants are strongly encouraged to submit applications by email (jso@law.unm.edu or FAX (505.277.1597).

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, March 16, 2018, to interview applicants for the Santa Fe, New Mexico.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Judicial Notice of Retirement First Judicial District

Posted February 5, 2018

The First Judicial District Court, announces the resignation of the Honorable Jennifer Attrep effective Friday, February 23, 2018. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in March, 2018 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.html), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.

New Mexico Eleventh Judicial Court Candidate

Posted January 26, 2018

The Eleventh Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on January 25, 2018 in Farmington, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the three (3) applicants for the vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court.

The Commission recommends the following one (1) candidate to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Sarah Veronica Weaver

Third Judicial District Applicant Announcement

Posted January 18, 2018

Five (5) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, January 18, 2018 for the Judicial Vacancy in the Third Judicial District due to the retirement of Honorable Judge Fernando R. Macias effective January 6, 2018.

The Third Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Thursday, February 1, 2018, at the Third Judicial District Courthouse, 201 W Picacho Ave, Las Cruces, NM 88005 to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Richard Jacquez
  • Isabel Jerabek
  • William Kinsella Jr.
  • James McBride
  • Jeanne H. Quintero

New Mexico Court of Appeals Candidates Announcement

Posted January 17, 2018

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission convened on January 17, 2018 in Santa Fe, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the three (3)) applicants for the vacancies on the New Mexico Court of Appeals.

The Commission recommends the following two (two) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Jennifer Attrep
  • Daniel Jose Gallegos Jr.

Eleventh Judicial District Applicant Announcement

Posted January 10, 2018

Three (3) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 10, 2018 for the Judicial Vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial District due to the retirements of the Honorable Sandra Price, effective January 1, 2018.

The Eleventh Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Thursday, January 25, 2018, at the Eleventh Judicial District Courthouse, located at 851 Andrea Drive, Farmington, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for these positions.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Adam Harrison Bell
  • Kyle Michael Finch
  • Sarah Veronica Weaver

New Mexico Court of Appeals Applicant Announcement

Posted January 8, 2018

Four (4) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, January 8, 2018 for the Judicial Vacancy in the New Mexico Court of Appeals due to the retirements of the Honorable Jonathan B. Sutin, effective December 29, 2017 and the Honorable Timothy L. Garcia, effective February 2, 2018.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for these positions.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Those wishing to make public comment are requested to be present at the opening of the meeting.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Jennifer L. Attrep
  • Daniel Jose Gallegos Jr.
  • Arthur William Pepin
  • Michael Joseph Thomas

Third Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 14, 2017

A vacancy in the Third Judicial District Court will exist, due to the resignation of Honorable Judge Fernando R. Macias effective January 6, 2018. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700.  The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, January 18, 2018 at 5:00.  Applications received after that time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, February 1, 2018, to interview applicants for the position at the Las Cruces, New Mexico.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 14, 2017

Two vacancy will exist on the Court of Appeals due to the retirement of The Honorable Jonathan B. Sutin effective December 29, 2017 and the Honorable Timothy L. Garcia effective February 2, 2018. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505) 277-4700).  The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, January 8, 2018. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 17, 2018, to interview applicants for the position at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, NM.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Notice of Retirement

Posted December 12, 2017

The New Mexico Court of Appeals announces the retirement of the Honorable Timothy L. Garcia, effective February 2, 2017. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2018 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.html), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.

New Mexico Court Of Appeals Judicial Notice of Retirement

Posted December 7, 2017

The New Mexico Court of Appeals announces the retirement of the Honorable Jonathan B. Sutin, effective December 29, 2017. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in 2018 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.html), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.

Judicial Notice of Retirement Third Judicial District

Posted November 20, 2017

The Third Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Fernando R. Macias effective January 6, 2018. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Las Cruces, New Mexico on Thursday, February 1, 2018 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.php), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.

New Mexico Eleventh Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted September 29, 2017

A vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court will exist as of January 2, 2018 due to the retirement of The Honorable Sandra Price effective January 1, 2018. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Eleventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution.  Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website:  http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505.277.4700).  The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

The Eleventh Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 25, 2018,to interview applicants in Farmington, New Mexico.  The Commission meeting is open to the public and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Judicial Notice of Retirement Eleventh Judicial District

Posted September 21, 2017

The Eleventh Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Sandra Price effective January 1, 2018. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Farmington, New Mexico in January, 2018 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.php), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.