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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 First Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted July 19, 2017

A vacancy on the First Judicial District Court will exist as of September 1, 2017 due to the retirement of The Honorable Sarah M. Singleton effective August 31, 2017. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the First 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: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505.277.4700). The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, August 29, 2017 at 5:00. 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 First Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, September 11, 2017, to interview applicants for the Santa Fe, 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.

New Mexico Twelfth Judicial District Court Applicant Announcement

Posted July 14, 2017

Five (5) applicants have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, July 13, 2017, for the Judicial Vacancy in the Twelfth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of Honorable Judge Jerry H. Ritter effective September 1, 2017.

The Twelfth Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Thursday, August 3, 2017, at the Otero County Courthouse, 1000 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, NM 88310 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:

  • Erinna Atkins
  • Steven Blankinship
  • James Newton
  • AnneMarie Cheroke Peterson
  • Matthew Wade

Judicial Notice of Retirement: First Judicial District, Division II

Posted June 21, 2017

The First Judicial District Court, Division II announces the retirement of the Honorable Sarah M. Singleton effective August 31, 2017. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe, New Mexico in September, 2017 to interview applicants for this vacancy.

Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website (http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/index.php), along with updates regarding this vacancy and the news releases.

New Mexico Twelfth Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted June 15, 2017

A vacancy on the Twelfth Judicial District Court will exist as of September 4, 2017 due to the retirement of The Honorable Jerry H. Ritter effective September 1, 2017. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Twelfth 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: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505.277.4700). The deadline for applications has been set for Thursday, July 13, 2017 at 5:00. 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 Twelfth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Thursday, August 3, 2017, to interview applicants for the position at the Otero County Courthouse located at 1000 New York Avenue, Alamogordo, 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.

New Mexico Court of Appeals Announcement of Vacancy

Posted June 8, 2017

A vacancy on the Court of Appeals will exist as of August 1, 2017 due to the retirement of The Honorable James J. Wechsler effective July 31, 2017. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the Appellate 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: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at (505) 277-4700). The deadline for applications has been set for August 16, 2017 at 5:00. 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 Appellate Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Friday, August 25, 2017, to interview applicants for the position at the Supreme Court Building, 237 Don Gaspar Avenue in Santa Fe, NM. 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: Twelfth Judicial District, Division 1

Posted June 5, 2017

The Twelfth Judicial District Court announces the retirement of the Honorable Jerry H. Ritter effective September 1, 2017. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Alamogordo, New Mexico in August, 2017 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.