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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 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:, 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 (, along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.