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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.


Twelfth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 2, 2020

A vacancy on the Twelfth Judicial District Court will exist in Alamogordo, New Mexico as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. 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 14 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 emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, May 11, 2020 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 Committee will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, June 11, 2020, at the Otero County District Courthouse, 1000 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.

REVISED First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

April 2, 2020

A vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist in Santa Fe as of May 20, 2020, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. 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 14 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 emailing Beverly Akin at akin@law.unm.edu. The deadline for applications has been set for 5:00 pm, Wednesday, May 13, 2020. 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 beginning at 9:00 am, on Tuesday, June 2, 2020, at the Santa Fe County Courthouse, 225 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.

Eleventh Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

March 30, 2020

Eleventh Judicial District Court Nominating Commission convened on Monday, March 30, 2020, in Gallup, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the two applicants for the one vacancy on the Eleventh Judicial District Court.

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

R. David Pederson

Eleventh Judicial District Court (Gallup) Announcement of Applicants

March 16, 2020

Two (2) applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office for the Judicial Vacancy in the Eleventh Judicial District Court – Gallup due to the retirement of the Honorable Lyndy D. Bennett, effective February 29, 2020.

The Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am, on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Gallup District Courthouse, located at 207 W. Hill Ave, Gallup, New Mexico 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 the candidate will have an opportunity to be heard.

The names of the applicants:

Linda Gasparich Padilla
R. David Pederson

Eleventh Judicial District Court (Gallup) Announcement of Vacancy

February 6, 2020

A vacancy will exist in the Eleventh Judicial District Court – Gallup due to the retirement of the Honorable Lyndy D. Bennett, effective February 29, 2020. 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.php. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, March 16, 2020 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date and 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 Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am, on Monday, March 30, 2020, at the Gallup District Courthouse, located at 207 W. Hill Ave, Gallup, New Mexico 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 speak.