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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.

Second Judicial District Court Announcement Of Vacancy

Posted October 16, 2018

The Second Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Judge Alan M. Malott effective October 31, 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.php, or by email by contacting Beverly Akin at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, November 14, 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 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, November 27, 2018, at the Second Judicial District Court located at 400 Lomas Blvd NW, Albuquerque, NM 87102, 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.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted October 9, 2018

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2019, due to the retirements of the Honorable Judge Sharon Walton, effective Monday, December 31, 2018. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan 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 December 13, 2018 by 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 Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, January 18, 2019, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, 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 Supreme Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted October 1, 2018

A vacancy on the Supreme Court will exist as of January 2, 2019, due to the retirements of the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Charles W. Daniels and the Honorable Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, effective Tuesday, January 1, 2019. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Supreme 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 December 6, 2018 by 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 New Mexico Supreme Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, January 10, 2019, 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 Fourth Judicial District Court Nominees

Posted August 28, 2018

The Fourth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on August 27, 2018 in Las Vegas, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the one (1) applicant for the vacancy on the Fourth Judicial District Court.

The Commission recommends the following applicant to Governor Susana Martinez:

Floripa (Flora) Gallegos

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