Judicial selection in New Mexico

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Judicial selection in New Mexico
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New Mexico Supreme Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
New Mexico Court of Appeals
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years
New Mexico District Courts
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   6 years
New Mexico Magistrate Court
Method:   Partisan election of judges
New Mexico Probate Courts
Method:   Partisan election of judges

Supreme Court

Justices of the New Mexico Supreme Court are elected by partisan election. All judicial vacancies are filled by the governor, chosen from a list of candidates recommended by the judicial nominating commission. The candidate appointed must then compete in a partisan election at the next general election to serve the remainder of the unexpired term.[1]

If a vacancy on the court occurs, gubernatorial appointment from a nominating commission is required.[1]

The chief justice of the court serves a two year term and is elected by the other justices. The court elects the most senior justice who has not yet held the position, according to tradition.[1]

In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:[1]

  • be the minimum age of 35;
  • have 10 yrs legal practice;
  • be a state resident 3 yrs.

Court of Appeals

All aspects of the New Mexico Court of Appeals are the same as the New Mexico Supreme Court.[1]

District Court

The New Mexico District Court judges are elected to terms lasting six years.[1]

The chief justice is elected to term varying by the district in choice and length of term.[1]

In order to join the court, an individual must meet the following qualifications:[1]

  • be the minimum age of 35;
  • have 6 yrs legal practice;
  • be a state resident 3 yrs;
  • be a district resident.

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