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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 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:, 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 ( 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.