Hon. Petra Maes


Justice Maes was born in Albuquerque, New Mexico on October 5, 1947. Her life experience includes raising four children as a single parent after her husband’s death in 1983. 


Justice Maes received a B.A. from the University of New Mexico and a J.D. from UNM Law School.

Work history:

She was in private practice in Albuquerque, New Mexico until 1975 when she went to work for Northern New Mexico Legal Services. She was appointed to the First Judicial District Court in 1981. Her Judicial assignments in the District Court included: four years in the Criminal Division; six years in the Family Division; and seven years in the Civil Division. In addition to her other case assignments, Judge Maes served as the Children’s Court Judge for twelve years.

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Appointment History

First Judicial District Court 11/01/81 - 11/01/98

Dates are approximate.

New Mexico Supreme Court 11/01/98 - 01/01/19