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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.

2nd Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Posted October 21, 2016

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, October 20, 2016, for the Judicial Vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District Court due to the retirement of The Honorable Elizabeth Whitefield, which was effective October 1, 2016.

The District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Monday, October 31, 2016, at the Bernalillo County Courthouse, 400 Lomas NW, Room 338, Albuquerque, 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:

  • Jane C. Levy
  • N. Lynn Perls
  • Elizabeth Rourke
  • David Standridge
  • Delilah Tenorio

Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

Posted October 14, 2016

A vacancy in the Court of Appeals Court will exist November 1, 2016, due to the retirement of the Honorable Michael D. Bustamante on October 31, 2016. Further inquiries regarding additional details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

Alfred Mathewson, 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: The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, November 17, 2016 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 beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 1, 2016, at the Supreme Court Building in Santa Fe, 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.

6th Judicial District Court Nominees

Posted September 28, 2016

The District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened Thursday, September 22, 2016, in Deming, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of two applicants for the vacancy on the 6th Judicial District Court. The Commission recommends the following two (2) applicant(s) to Governor Susana Martinez.

In Alphabetical, unranked order:

  • Edward Lee Hand
  • Jarod K. Hofacket

Judicial Notice of Retirement

Court of Appeals

Posted July 25, 2016

Court of Appeals Chief Judge Michael E. Vigil announces two retirements – the Honorable Michael D. Bustamante on October 31, 2016, and the Honorable Roderick T. Kennedy on November 30, 2016. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe on December 1, 2016 to interview applicants for the vacancy of Judge Bustamante; a second Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened later in December to interview applicants for the Judge Kennedy vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on here on the Judicial Selection website. Updates will be posted later in the Fall.