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.
Judicial Notice Of Retirement: Court of Appeals
Posted August 31, 2015
Court of Appeals Chief Judge Michael E. Vigil announces the retirement of Judge Cynthia A. Fry from the Court of Appeals, effective December 31, 2015. A Judicial Nominating Commission will be convened in Santa Fe in late January 2016 to interview applicants to replace Judge Fry. The person appointed by the Governor to fill the position will have his/her office at the Santa Fe Court of Appeals location and will be required to run in the general election in November 2016. Further information on the application process can be found on the Judicial Selection website, updates regarding the vacancy and the news release will be posted later in the Fall.