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.
5th Judicial District Court Announcement of Vacancy
Posted August 26, 2014
A vacancy on the 5th Judicial District Court exist in Lovington as of May 21, 2014, due to the creation of an additional Judgeship by the Legislature. This will be for a General Jurisdiction Judge, Division XI. Inquiries regarding additional 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, or emailed/faxed/mailed to you by calling Raylene Weis at (505) 277-4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Tuesday, September 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 beginning at 1:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 11, 2014, at the Lea County Courthouse, Courtroom #3, 100 N. Main St., Lovington, NM, to evaluate the applicants for this position. The Committee meeting is open to the public.