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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.

Thirteenth Judicial District Court (Grants, New Mexico)
Candidates Announcement

April 17, 2019

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, in Grants, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the five (5) candidates for the vacancy on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court (Grants, New Mexico).

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Randolph Marshall Collins
  • Amanda Connie (Sanchez) Villalobos

Thirteenth Judicial District Court (Grants, New Mexico)
Applicant Announcement

April 12, 2019

Five (5) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Friday, April 12, 2019 for the judicial vacancy in the Thirteenth Judicial District Court (Grants, New Mexico) as a result of the resignation of the Honorable Judge Pedro G. Rael effective March 22, 2019.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court located at 700 E. Roosevelt, Suite 60, Grants, New Mexico 87020, 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:

  • Ashley Cloud
  • Randolph Marshall Collins
  • William Glenn Stripp
  • Sherry Paulette Thompson
  • Amanda Connie (Sanchez) Villalobos

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Applicant Announcement

April 1, 2019

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission convened on April 1, 2019, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the nine (9) candidates for the vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Bruce Crawford Fox
  • Irma Gonzalez
  • Jason Matthew Jaramillo
  • Elaine P. Lujan

New Mexico Thirteenth Judicial District Court (Grants, New Mexico) Announcement of Vacancy

March 29, 2019

A vacancy will exist in Grants, New Mexico, on the Thirteenth Judicial District Court due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Pedro G. Rael effective March 22, 2019. Inquiries regarding additional details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Judicial Nominating Commission, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 8 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, April 12, 2019 at 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 Commission will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, April 17, 2019, at the Thirteenth Judicial District Court located at 700 E. Roosevelt, Suite 60, Grants, New Mexico 87020, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission 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.

Fifth Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

March 28, 2019

Fifth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Thursday, March 28, 2019, in Roswell, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the two (2) candidates for the one vacancy on the Fifth Judicial District Court. The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Jared Garner Kallunki
  • Thomas E. Lilley

Eighth Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

March 26, 2019

The Eighth Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, in Raton, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the five (5) candidates for the one vacancy on the Eighth Judicial District Court. The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

  • Timothy Roland Hasson
  • Melissa Kennelly
  • Jeffrey Alan Shannon

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New Mexico Fifth Judicial District Court Meeting Information

March 25, 2019

A vacancy exist in the Fifth Judicial District Court, Chaves County due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Freddie J. Romero effective March 1, 2019.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 11:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission 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 - Civil Division
Applicant Announcement

March 20, 2019

Nine (9) applications were received, in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 20, 2019, for the one Judicial Vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Civil Division.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Civil Division Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, April 1, 2019, at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NW, Albuquerque, 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:

  • Bruce Crawford Fox
  • Rodney Lawrence Gabaldon
  • Irma Gonzalez
  • Denise S. Hall
  • Jason Matthew Jaramillo
  • Elaine P. Lujan
  • Rebecca Obenshain O'Gawa
  • Carlos Francisco Pacheco
  • George Bond Yu

New Mexico Fifth Judicial District Court Meeting Information

March 20, 2019

A vacancy exist in the Fifth Judicial District Court, Chaves County due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Freddie J. Romero effective March 1, 2019.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission 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 - Civil Division
Announcement of Vacancy

March 18, 2019

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Civil Division will exist as of March 16, 2019, due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Daniel E. Ramczyk effective March 15, 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 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 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 Monday, April 1, 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 Fifth Judicial District Cour Applicant Announcement

March 13, 2019

Two (2) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 13, 2019 for the Judicial Vacancy in the Fifth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Freddie J. Romero effective March 1, 2019.

The Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, March 28, 2019, at the Chaves County Courthouse, 400 N. Virginia, Roswell, NM, 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:

  • Jared Garner Kallunki
  • Thomas E. Lilley

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Announcement of Vacancy

March 12, 2019

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of March 16, 2019, due to the resignation of the Honorable Judge Daniel E. Ramczyk effective March 15, 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 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.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, March 20, 2019 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 Monday, April 1, 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.

Eighth Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

March 11, 2019

Five (5) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, March 11, 2019 for the Judicial Vacancy in the Eighth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Sarah Backus effective, February 28, 2019.

The Judicial Nominating Committee will meet 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, March 26, 2019, at the Eighth Judicial Court Colfax County, located at 1413 South Second, Raton, NM 87740, 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 names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Merrie Loretta Chappell
  • Timothy Roland Hasson
  • Melissa Kennelly
  • Jeffrey Alan Shannon
  • Sherri Marie Trevino