New Mexico Court of Appeals

The Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in the state of New Mexico. It sits between district courts and certain administrative agencies, which are below it, and the New Mexico Supreme Court, which is above it. Its jurisdiction covers the entire state. The Court of Appeals currently reviews appeals in all cases, except criminal cases involving sentences of death or life imprisonment, appeals from the Public Regulation Commission, and cases involving habeas corpus. The Court's caseload is about 900 cases per year.

The Court has ten judges. Each judge has a paralegal and a law clerk. By law, the judges act in panels of three on all appellate opinions, and agreement of two judges is required. Motions may be acted on by one judge unless the motion goes to the merits of the case, in which case it is decided by a two- or three-judge panel. In addition, the Court has a permanent staff of attorneys. The prehearing division consists of seventeen employees - a chief staff attorney, two senior staff attorneys, thirteen staff attorneys, and one administrative assistant. The clerk's office has a staff of eleven employees - an attorney/chief clerk, two financial staff members, one and one-half administrative assistants, and six clerks. Finally, the Court has a mediation office, consisting of an appellate mediator and a part-time assistant.

The Court has two offices, one in Santa Fe and one in Albuquerque. At this time, the Court's ten judges are located as follows: three judges headquartered in Santa Fe and seven judges headquartered in Albuquerque. The Santa Fe office is in the Supreme Court Building and is the main location of the clerk's office, the prehearing division, and the mediation office. The Albuquerque office is located adjacent to the University of New Mexico School of Law.

Judges

Authorships
Hon. Jennifer L. Attrep, Appointed/elected: 2018-02-02
0
Hon. Henry Bohnhoff, Appointed/elected: 2017-01-13
0
Hon. Stephen French, Appointed/elected: 2017-12-22
0
Hon. Daniel J. Gallegos, Appointed/elected: 2018-01-01
0
Hon. Miles Hanisee, Appointed/elected: 2011-07-01
18
Hon. Emil J. Kiehne, Appointed/elected: 2017-09-22
0
Hon. Linda Vanzi, Appointed/elected: 2008-12-30
21
Hon. Julie Vargas, Appointed/elected: 2016-11-08
0
Hon. Michael E. Vigil, Appointed/elected: 2003-01-01
20
Hon. Monica Zamora, Appointed/elected: 2013-01-01
10

Opinions

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Year Affirmed Reversed Affirm in part and reverse in part Dismiss Other disposition Grant Deny Public censure Disposition unknown Total
2012 24 (54%) 10 (22%) 7 (15%) 2 (4%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 1 (2%) 44
2013 48 (43%) 48 (43%) 11 (9%) (0%) 3 (2%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 1 (0%) 111
2014 36 (48%) 30 (40%) 6 (8%) 1 (1%) 2 (2%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 75
Year Civil Criminal Admin Workers compensation Cyfd Prc Writ Certified question Disciplinary board Judicial standards Type unknown Total
2012 26 (59%) 12 (27%) 3 (6%) 2 (4%) 1 (2%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 44
2013 50 (45%) 32 (28%) 14 (12%) 6 (5%) 4 (3%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 5 (4%) 111
2014 33 (44%) 32 (42%) 4 (5%) 4 (5%) 1 (1%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) (0%) 1 (1%) 75
Judge 2012 2013 2014 Total
Hon. A. Joseph Alarid 0
Hon. Rudy S. Apodaca 0
Hon. Jennifer L. Attrep 0
Hon. Henry Bohnhoff 0
Hon. Michael Bustamante 5 8 10 23
Hon. Celia Castillo 7 7
Hon. Thomas A. Donnelly 0
Hon. Benny E. Flores 0
Hon. Stephen French 0
Hon. Stephen French 0
Hon. Cynthia Fry 5 14 14 33
Hon. Daniel J. Gallegos 0
Hon. Timothy Garcia 3 7 7 17
Hon. Miles Hanisee 1 13 4 18
Hon. Roderick Kennedy 5 13 4 22
Hon. Emil J. Kiehne 0
Hon. Lynn Pickard 0
Hon. Ira Robinson 0
Hon. Robert E. Robles 0
Hon. Jonathan Sutin 7 10 9 26
Hon. Linda Vanzi 4 11 6 21
Hon. Julie Vargas 0
Hon. Michael E. Vigil 2 11 7 20
Hon. James Weschler 5 18 9 32
Hon. Monica Zamora 5 5 10
Per Curiam 0

Former Judges

Name Authorships
Hon. A. Joseph Alarid, Appointed/elected: 1984-01-01
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Hon. Rudy S. Apodaca, Appointed/elected: 1987-01-01
0
Hon. Michael Bustamante, Appointed/elected: 1994-01-12
23
Hon. Celia Castillo, Appointed/elected: 2000-11-01
7
Hon. Thomas A. Donnelly, Appointed/elected: 1981-08-14
0
Hon. Benny E. Flores, Appointed/elected: 1991-08-16
0
Hon. Stephen French, Appointed/elected: 2016-02-19
0
Hon. Cynthia Fry, Appointed/elected: 2000-01-01
33
Hon. Timothy Garcia, Appointed/elected: 2009-01-12
17
Hon. Roderick Kennedy, Appointed/elected: 1999-01-01
22
Hon. Lynn Pickard, Appointed/elected: 1991-11-01
0
Hon. Ira Robinson, Appointed/elected: 2000-12-22
0
Hon. Robert E. Robles, Appointed/elected: 2008-10-24
0
Hon. Jonathan Sutin, Appointed/elected: 1999-01-01
26
Hon. James Weschler, Appointed/elected: 1994-01-12
32