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.

12th Judicial District Nominating Committee

Posted May 20, 2015

Six (6) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., May 20, for the judicial vacancy on the 12th Judicial District Court due to the pending retirement of the Honorable Karen S. Parsons.

The District Court Judicial Nominating Committee will meet at 1:00 pm on Friday, May 29, at the Lincoln County Courthouse, Carrizozo, NM, 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:

  • Duncan Lee Bradley
  • Daniel A. Bryant
  • Philip Prescott Chandler II
  • William N. Griffin
  • AnneMarie C. Peterson
  • Kirby A. Wills

8th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted May 14, 2015

A vacancy on the 8th Judicial District Court will exist in Colfax and Union Counties, as of July 18, 2015, upon the retirement of The Honorable John M. Paternoster. The bench assignment will be Division 1, General Jurisdiction docket, serving primarily in the Colfax and Union County Courthouses. 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 Appellate Court Judicial 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 contacting Raylene Weis (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Friday, June 12th, 2015, at 5:00 p.m. Applications received after that date and 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 Judicial Nominating Commission will meet on Monday, June 22nd, 2015, at the Leon Karelitz Judicial Center, 1413 S. Second Street, Raton, NM, at 9:00 a.m. to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Commission meeting is open to the public.

9th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy

Posted April 24, 2015

A vacancy on the 9th Judicial District Court will exist in Curry and Roosevelt Counties as of July 1, 2015, upon the retirement of the Honorable Stephen K. Quinn. The judicial vacancy is for Division 1, General Jurisdiction with a heavy criminal docket. 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 Appellate Court Judicial 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 contacting Raylene Weis (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, June 8 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 at 1:30 p.m. on Tuesday, June 16, 2015, at the Curry County Courthouse, 700 N. Main Street, Clovis, 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.