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All media inquiries concerning the conduct of attorneys (suspensions, disciplinary action, etc.) should be directed to the Disciplinary Board of the Supreme Court of New Mexico, 505-842-5781. Media inquiries concerning the conduct of judges should be referred to the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission, 505-222-9353.
For media inquiries about the State Bar events and programming, contact Celeste Valencia, Marketing Communications Manager,
This guide was created by the Bench Bar Media Committee as a reference guide for journalists who cover the legal beat. It contains a glossary of terms that should assist the media in accurately reporting on legal proceedings.
Judges, lawyers and members of the news media at times find themselves in situations where the interests of free press, fair trial, litigants, witnesses and others are in conflict. These issues frequently arise during the course of a proceeding, with little advance warning. The Bench Bar Media Committee, as a result of dialogue involving judges, lawyers and journalists, has prepared this quick reference guide on media issues that commonly arise in State District Courts and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. The guide includes some key statutes, Supreme Court Rules, case summaries and citations dealing with these issues. Local rules also should be consulted. The Bench Bar Media Committee consists of judges, lawyers and journalists. It has been active for a number of years and has provided a useful forum for discussion of issues of mutual concern. The committee also has undertaken various tasks at the request of the New Mexico Supreme Court.