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.

1st Judicial District Court Nominating Commission

Posted January 20, 2015

Five (5) applications have been received in the Judicial Selection Office as of 5:00 p.m., Tuesday, January 20, 2015 for the judicial vacancy on the 1st Judicial District Court due to the non-retention of The Honorable Sheri A. Raphaelson, effective January 1, 2015.

The District Judicial Nominating Commission will meet at 9:00 am on Thursday, January 29, 2015, at the First Judicial District Courthouse, 225 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, 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:

  • Jennifer L. Attrep
  • Julia Hosford Barnes
  • Paul William Grace
  • Tyr R. Loranger
  • O. Christopher Romero