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 November 24, 2014

Five (5) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Monday, November 24, 2014, for the pending judicial vacancy in the 2nd Judicial District Court with due to the expiration of the term of the Honorable Kenneth H. Martinez.

The District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Tuesday, December 9, 2014, 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 are:

  • James Paul Baiamonte
  • Joshua David Boone
  • Ned S. Fuller
  • Anne Elizabeth Gibson
  • Debra Ramirez

11th Judicial District (Mckinley County) Judicial Nominating Committee

Posted November 20, 2014

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Thursday, November 20, for the judicial vacancy on the 11th Judicial District Court, due to expiration of the term of the Honorable Grant L. Foutz, effective January 1, 2015.

The District Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 9:30 a.m.on Thursday, December 4, at the McKinley County Courthouse, Gallup, New Mexico, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee 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 are:

  • Paul David Barber
  • Lyndy Dean Bennett
  • Douglas W. Decker
  • Linda Gasparich Padilla

11th Judicial District (Aztec) Judicial Nominating Committee

Posted November 20, 2014

Four (4) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 19, for the judicial vacancy on the 11th Judicial District Court, San Juan County, due to the expiration of the term of the Honorable William C. Birdsall, effective January 1, 2015.

The District Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 1:00 p.m.on Wednesday, December 3, at the San Juan County Courthouse, Aztec, New Mexico, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee 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 are:

  • R. Brent Capshaw
  • Bradford J. Dalley
  • Marjorie C. Jones
  • Cosme D. Ripol

10th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted November 6, 2014

One vacancy will exist in the 10th Judicial District Court due to the non-retention of the Honorable Albert J. Mitchell, Jr., effective January 1, 2015. This will be for a General Jurisdiction bench assignment, Division I in Tucumcari, New Mexico (Quay, DeBaca & Harding Counties). Further inquiries regarding details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to 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 Monday, December 1, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that time and 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 10:00 a.m. on Thursday, December 11th at the Quay County Courthouse, 300 S. 3rd Street, Tucumcari 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 Announcement Of Vacancy

Posted October 29, 2014

One (1) vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will exist as of January 1, 2015, due to the expiration of the term of the Honorable Cristina T. Jaramillo. The vacancy will be a Criminal Court assignment, Division III. Inquiries regarding more specific details or the assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Chief Judge or the Administrator of the court.

The Dean of the UNM School of Law, designated by the New Mexico Constitution to Chair the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Section 34, Article 8A-4b of the New Mexico Statutes Annotated 1978.

Applications as well as information related to qualifications for the position, may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website: http://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.php. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, December 8, 2014 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 Committee will meet on Thursday, December 18, 2014, at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse, 401 Lomas NW, Room 849, Albuquerque, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee 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.

13th Judicial District Court Announcement Of Vacancy

Posted September 26, 2014

One vacancy will exist in the 13th Judicial District Court due to the pending expiration of the term of the Honorable Camille Martinez Olguin, effective January 1, 2015. This will be for a General Jurisdiction bench assignment in Grants, New Mexico (Cibola County). Further inquiries regarding 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 Friday, December 5, 2014 at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that time and 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 10:00 a.m. on Friday, December 12th at the Cibola County Courthouse, 515 W High St., Grants, 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.