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Fifth Judicial District Court

The Fifth Judicial District Court was organized in 1889 and consisted of the counties of Socorro and Lincoln. Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties had not been created then and were part of Lincoln County. In 1889, Chaves and Eddy Counties were created. They were to remain part of Lincoln County until January 1, 1891, and be attached to the Third Judicial District. However, an Act of Congress approved July 10, 1890, created five judicial districts in the Territory of New Mexico. The Counties of Socorro, Lincoln, Chaves and Eddy constituted the Fifth Judicial District. In 1903, Roosevelt County was created and attached to the Fifth Judicial District.

In 1905, Lincoln and Socorro Counties became part of the Third Judicial District leaving Chaves, Eddy and Roosevelt Counties as the Fifth Judicial District. In 1909, Curry County was created and added to the district. In 1917, Lea and DeBaca Counties became part of the district. In 1921, Curry, Quay, Roosevelt and DeBaca Counties became the Ninth Judicial District, leaving Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties as the Fifth Judicial District.

The Fifth Judicial District is one of the largest districts in the State of New Mexico.

Verdicts and Rulings

Of the 19 total outcomes we are aware of for Fifth Judicial District Court, 11 (57%) were decided for plaintiffs and 8 (42%) were decided for the defense. We know of 14 jury trials, 3 bench trials, and 2 cases disposed of by motion.

Prevailing Parties (Jury)

District-wide versus State-Wide

Fifth Judicial District Court

Jury Verdicts

Out of 14 verdicts, 8 (57%) were for the plaintiff and 6 (42%) were for the defense. Prevailing plaintiffs were awarded punitives 66% of the time they asked for them (2/3), at a median ratio of 5.5 times compensatories.

Small firm and pro accounts can see detailed statistics on verdict amounts and puntive ratios here.

Current Judges

Note: Showing only judges who hear civil cases. Click "See all" below to see criminal, childrens, family court, and former judges.

Plaintiff Results
Defense Results
Percent for Plaintiff
Hon. Steven Bell (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. James Hudson (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Lee Kirksey (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Kea Riggs (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Lisa Riley (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Raymond Romero (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Mark Sanchez (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. Jane Schuler Gray (01/01/08 — present)
Hon. William Shoobridge (01/01/08 — present)

Former Judges

Hon. J. Richard Brown (08/03/07 — 12/31/12)
Hon. Gary Clingman (01/01/08 — 04/06/18)
Hon. Charles C. Currier, III (03/01/02 — 08/02/14)
Hon. Jay W. Forbes (01/01/95 — 01/01/03)
Hon. Place Holder (01/01/90 — 01/01/93)
Hon. Alvin Jones (01/01/90 — 12/31/04)
Hon. Don Maddox (11/01/00 — 07/01/10)
Hon. Freddie J. Romero (01/01/05 — 03/01/19)
Hon. Thomas A. Rutledge (12/01/06 — 07/15/11)
Hon. Ralph D. Shamas (01/01/05 — 01/17/13)


Year Affirmed Reversed Affirm in part and reverse in part Dismiss Other disposition Grant Deny Public censure Disposition unknown Total
2008 0
2009 0
2010 0
2011 0
2012 0
2013 0
2014 0
2015 0
2017 0
2018 0

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