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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 Fourth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Posted August 2, 2018

One (1) application has been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, August 2, 2018, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Fourth Judicial District Court due to retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew J. Sandoval effective August 1, 2018.

The Fourth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018, at the Fourth Judicial District Court, Courtroom 1 located at 496 W. National St, Las Vegas NM to evaluate the applicant 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 name of the applicant is:

Floripa (Flora) Gallegos

New Mexico Sixth Judicial Court Nominees

Posted July 30, 2018

The Sixth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on July 27, 2018 in Silver City, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the one (1) applicant for the vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court.

The Commission recommends the following applicant to Governor Susana Martinez:

William Perkins

New Mexico Sixth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Posted July 16, 2018

One (1) application has been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 12, 2018, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Sixth Judicial District Court due to resignation of the Honorable Timothy L. Aldrich effective August 10, 2018.

The Sixth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Friday, July 27, 2018, at 9:00 am at the Sixth Judicial District Court, Grant Country Courthouse, 201 N. Cooper Street, Silver City, New Mexico 88061 to evaluate the applicant 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 name of the applicant is:

William Perkins

Revised Fourth Judicial District Announcement of Vacancy

Posted July 11, 2018

A vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court exists in Las Vegas as of August 2, 2018, upon the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew J. Sandoval effective August 1, 2018. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Dean Sergio Pareja of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, August 2, 2018, 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, August 27, 2018, at the Fourth Judicial District Court, Courtroom 1 located at 496 W. National St, Las Vegas NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Fourth Judicial District Announcement of Vacancy

Posted June 12, 2018

A vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court exists in Las Vegas as of August 2, 2018, upon the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew J. Sandoval effective August 1, 2018. Inquiries regarding more specific details of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Dean Alfred Mathewson of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the District Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.

Applications, as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.html or by email by contacting Raylene Weis at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, July 5, 2018 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date 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 Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 10:00 a.m. on Wednesday, July 25, 2018, at the Fourth Judicial District Court, Courtroom 3 located at 496 W. National St, Las Vegas NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public and members of the public who wish to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Judicial Notice of Resignation Fourth Judicial District

Posted June 11, 2018

The Fourth Judicial District Court announces the resignation of the Honorable Judge Matthew Sandoval effective July 20, 2018. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Las Vegas, New Mexico in July 2018 to interview applicants for these vacancies.

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

New Mexico Sixth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted June 11, 2018

A vacancy on the Sixth Judicial District Court will exist as of August 11, 2018 due to the resignation of the Honorable Timothy L. Aldrich effective August 10, 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 Sixth 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, July 12, 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 Sixth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, July 27, 2018, to interview applicants for the position in Silver City, 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 Resignation Sixth Judicial District 

Posted June 1, 2018

The Sixth Judicial District Court announces the resignation of the Honorable Timothy L. Aldrich effective August 10, 2018. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Silver City, New Mexico in August/September 2018 to interview applicants for these vacancies.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website, updates regarding the vacancy and the news release will be posted in the early part of 2017.

New Mexico Fifth Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

Posted May 7, 2018

Three (3) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, May 7, 2018, for the Judicial Vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court due to resignation of the Honorable Gary L. Clingman, effective Monday, April 23, 2018.

The Fifth Judicial District Nominating Commission will meet on Thursday, May 17, 2018, at 9:00 am at the Lea County Courthouse, 100 Main St, Lovington, New Mexico, 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:

  • David Finger
  • Lisa Kuykendall
  • Michael H. Stone

New Mexico Fifth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted April 12, 2018

A vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court will exist as of April 24, 2018 due to the resignation of The Honorable Gary L. Clingman, effective Monday, April 23, 2018. This vacancy will be required to conduct docket at the Lea County courthouse.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Fifth 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 May 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 Fifth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on May 17, 2018, to interview applicants in Lovington, 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.