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.

1st Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted December 18, 2014

A vacancy on the 1st Judicial District Court will exist in Santa Fe as of January 1, 2015, due to the non-retention of The Honorable Sheri A. Raphaelson effective January 1, 2015. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

David Herring, 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. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, January 20, 2015 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 Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the Judge Steve Herrera Judicial Complex, 224 Montezuma Ave., 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.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominees

Posted December 18, 2014

The Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Committee convened Thursday, December 18, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the eight (8) applicants for the vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. The Committee recommends the following three (3) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • R. John Duran, II
  • Jason R. Greenlee
  • Nicole W. Moss

13th Judicial District Court Cibola County - Nominees

Posted December 12, 2014

The District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened today in Grants, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the five (5) applicants for the vacancy on the 13th Judicial District Court, Cibola County. The Commission recommends the following three (3) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Randolph M. Collins
  • Kristina Faught-Hollar
  • Pedro G. Rael

10th Judicial District Court Nominees

Posted December 11, 2014

The 10TH Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Committee convened today in Tucumcari, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the two (2) applicants for the pending vacancy on the 10th Judicial District Court. The Committee recommends both of the following applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Albert J. Mitchell, Jr.
  • Don C. Schutte

2nd Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Posted December 9, 2014

The District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened today, December 9, 2014 in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the four (4) applicants for the vacancy on the 2nd Judicial District Court. The Commission recommends the following one (1) applicant(s) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Debra Ramirez

11th Judicial District Court Nominees Mckinley County

Posted December 4, 2014

The 11TH Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Committee convened Thursday, December 4 in Gallup, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the three (3) applicants for the vacancies on the 11th Judicial District Court, McKinley County. The Committee recommends the following two (2) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • Lyndy Dean Bennett
  • Linda Gasparich Padilla

11th Judicial District Court Nominees San Juan County

Posted December 3, 2014

The 11th Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Committee convened in Aztec, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of the four (4) applicants for the pending vacancy on the 11th Judicial District Court, San Juan County. The Committee recommends the following two (2) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:

  • R. Brent Capshaw
  • Bradford J. Dalley