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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 Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission beginning 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, at the Third Judicial District courthouse, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. Please email Beverly Akin (firstname.lastname@example.org) 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 Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.
A vacancy on the Third Judicial District Court will exist as of January 1, 2022, due to the retirement of the Honorable Judge Marci Beyer 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 Third Judicial District 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: https://lawschool.unm.edu/judsel/application.html, or emailed to you by contacting the Judicial Selection Office, email@example.com. The deadline for applications has been set for Monday, December 20, 2021, at 5:00 pm. Applications received after that time will not be considered. The Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will meet beginning at 9:00 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19, 2022, to interview applicants for the position at the Third Judicial District Court, located at 201 W. Picacho Ave., Las Cruces, NM 88005. 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 Third Judicial District Court Judicial Nominating Commission will be required to wear a face mask at all times while at the meeting regardless of their vaccination status.
Under Rule 23-106.1 NMRA, the Supreme Court has approved a number of rule changes for the 2021 rule-making cycle. What follows is a summary of new rule amendments that the Court approved on November 1, 2021. The summary also includes out-of-cycle rule amendments that the Court approved prior to November 1. Unless otherwise noted below and in the history note at the end of each approved rule, most new rule amendments will go into effect on December 31, 2021. The full text of the rule amendments in markup format and the related orders are available on the Court’s website by clicking here. Approved rule amendments will also appear in NMOneSource.com by their effective date.
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Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has announced the appointment of Benjamin S. Cross of Clovis to fill the vacancy in Division I of the Ninth Judicial District Court. Effective October 1, 2021 a mass reassignment of cases will occur. All cases previously assigned to District Judge Matthew E. Chandler, Division I, will be reassigned to District Judge Benjamin S. Cross, Division I. Parties who have not previously exercised their right to challenge or excuse will have 10 days from October 27, 2021 to challenge or excuse the judge pursuant to Rules 1-088.1 and 5-106.
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
Mark Daniel Standridge
Katherine Anne Wray