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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.

6th Judicial District Announcement of Vacancy

Posted July 28, 2016

A vacancy on the 6th Judicial District Court, Luna County, will exist as of August 27, 2016 due to the retirement of the Honorable Daniel Viramontes, effective August 26, 2016. The assignment for this position is a general bench assignment, Division IV, and will be located in Deming, New Mexico. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

Alfred Mathewson, Chair of the 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 Wednesday, September 14, 2016, at 5:00 p.m. 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 District Court Judicial Nominating Committee will meet beginning at 8:30 a.m. on Thursday, September 22, 2016, to interview applicants for the position at the Luna County Judicial Complex, 855 South Platinum Avenue, Deming, 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.

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.