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.
13th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy
A vacancy will exist in the 13th Judicial District Court in Los Lunas upon the retirement of The Honorable William A. Sanchez, effective March 1, 2014. The vacancy will be in the Family Court Division in Valencia County. Further inquiries regarding the details or 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 Nominating Committee, solicits applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 14 of the New Mexico Constitution.
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, or emailed to you by calling Raylene Weis at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, March 10, 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 Commission will meet on Monday, March 17, 2014 at the Valencia County Courthouse, Los Lunas, 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.
2nd Judicial District Court Nominees
Posted Febrauary 10, 2014
The District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Friday, February 7, 2014, in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and completed its evaluation of thirteen (13) applicants for the vacancy on the 2nd Judicial District Court. The Commission recommends the following four (4) applicants (in alphabetical order) to Governor Susana Martinez:
- Catherine A. Begaye
- Elizabeth A. Collard
- Jacqueline R. Medina
- Marie Catherine Ward