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.


Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission Proposed Changes to the Rules Governing Judicial Nominating Commissions

November 24, 2021

The New Mexico Supreme Court’s Equity and Justice Commission’s subcommittee on judicial nominations has proposed changes to the Rules Governing New Mexico Judicial Nominating Commissions. These proposed changes, will be discussed and voted on during the upcoming meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission. The Commission meeting is open to the public beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. Please email Beverly Akin if you would like to request a copy of the proposed changes.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Criminal Division Announcement of Vacancy

November 24, 2021

A vacancy on the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court – Criminal Division will exist as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Henry A. Alaniz effective December 31, 2021. Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court. Applicants seeking information regarding election or retention if appointed should contact the Bureau of Elections in the Office of the Secretary of State.

Sergio Pareja, Chair of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission, invites applications for this position from lawyers who meet the statutory qualifications in Article VI, Section 28 of the New Mexico Constitution. Applications may be obtained from the Judicial Selection website, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office at 505.277.4700. The deadline for applications has been set for Wednesday, December 15, 2021 at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Tuesday, January 25, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Metropolitan Courthouse, located at 401 Lomas NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico. The Commission meeting is open to the public, and anyone who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard.

Consistent with the governor’s recent mask mandate, all attendees of the meeting of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.

Ninth Judicial District Court Candidate Announcement

August 25, 2021

The Ninth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission convened in-person on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at 9:00 am at the Curry County Courthouse located at 700 N. Main, Clovis, New Mexico and completed its evaluation of the nine applicants to fill the vacancy on the Ninth Judicial District Court due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew Chandler, effective August 6, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

Jake Boazman
Brett J. Carter
Benjamin S. Cross
Brian Scott Stover

New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission Candidate Announcement

August 23, 2021

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Judicial Nominating Commission convened on Monday, August 23, 2021, in person, and completed its evaluation of the eight candidates for the one vacancy due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge Briana Zamora to the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective August 7, 2021.

The Commission recommends the following candidates to Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham:

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Aletheia V.P. Allen
  • Lauren Keefe
  • Mark Daniel Standridge
  • Nick Sydow
  • Katherine Anne Wray

New Mexico Court of Appeals Applicants Announcement  

August 9, 2021

Eight applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 pm on Monday,

August 9, 2021.  The vacancy occurred, due to the appointment of the Honorable Judge Briana Zamora to the New Mexico Supreme Court, effective August 6, 2021.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The New Mexico Court of Appeals Nominating Commission will convene in-person beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Monday, August 23, 2021, at the Albuquerque New Mexico Court of Appeals satellite office located at 2211 Tucker NE, Albuquerque, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position.  

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Any individual who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks, although they may choose to do so. Face masks must be worn at all times by individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Aletheia V.P. Allen
  • Scott Thomas Fuqua
  • Lauren Keefe
  • Mekko M. Miller
  • Olga Serafimova
  • Mark Daniel Standridge
  • Nick Sydow
  • Katherine Anne Wray

Ninth Judicial District Court Applicants Announcement 

August 9, 2021

Nine applications were received in the Judicial Selection Office at 5:00 pm on Friday August 6, 2021.  The vacancy occurred, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Matthew Chandler, effective August 6, 2021.  Inquiries regarding the details or assignment of this judicial vacancy should be directed to the Administrator of the Court.

The Ninth Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will convene in-person beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, August 25, 2021, at the Curry County Courthouse located at 700 N. Main, Clovis, New Mexico to evaluate the applicants for this position.

The Commission meeting is open to the public. Any individual who wishes to be heard about any of the candidates will have an opportunity to be heard at the meeting. Fully vaccinated individuals are not required to wear face masks, although they may choose to do so. Face masks must be worn at all times by individuals who are not fully vaccinated.

The names of the applicants in alphabetical order:

  • Angelina Baca
  • Jake Boazman
  • Brett J. Carter
  • Christian P. Christensen
  • Benjamin S. Cross
  • Quentin Ray
  • Justin Lynn Robbs
  • Brian Scott Stover
  • Erin Sumrall Van Soelen