We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives. These calls are not valid. New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

Organ Mountains

Administrative Authority

The Chief District Judge is the Administrative Authority of the Court.

The duties and responsibilities of the Chief Judge are found in Rule 23-109 (B) of the New Mexico Supreme Court General Rules:  

“Duties and Responsibilities. The chief judge of each judicial district and each metropolitan court district shall have the administrative responsibility for that judicial district or metropolitan court and shall:   

  1. administer established policy concerning the court’s internal operations;
  2. call and preside over regular and special meetings of the judges;
  3. appoint standing and special committees as may be advisable to assist in the proper performance of the duties and functions of the court;
  4. designate one of the judges to act in the chief judge’s absence or inability to act;
  5. exercise responsibility as the administrative authority in accordance with the provisions of law and the New Mexico Judicial Branch Personnel Rules and ensure the enforcement of those rules;
  6. exercise general supervision, coordination and direction of business of the court;
  7. supervise performance of the court’s administrative office;
  8. supervise court finances, including financial planning and preparation and presentation of court budgets;
  9. coordinate the use of space, equipment and facilities of the court;
  10. assign, reassign or consolidate cases among the several judges as equitably as possible. Except with respect to specialty courts consisting of a single judge, cases shall be assigned by random selection designed so that each judge will receive substantially the same number and type of cases. If a judge is unable to administer the cases assigned to such judge within a reasonable time, or if there are other justifiable reasons, the chief judge, in consultation with the other judges, may reassign cases to other judges within the district;
  11. have published for general distribution copies of a current calendar setting forth the judicial assignments of the judges, the times and places assigned for hearing court matters, and any special calendaring requirement deemed necessary by the chief judge;
  12. prepare an orderly plan of vacations for all court personnel, and for attendance at schools, conferences and workshops for judges and other court personnel;
  13. provide an orientation program for new judges as soon as possible after their election or appointment;
  14. provide for liaison between the court and other governmental or civic agencies;
  15. when appropriate, meet with or designate a judge or judges to meet with committees of the bench, bar, news media or community to review problems and to promote understanding of the administration of justice;
  16. oversee juror management;
  17. implement and monitor compliance with all policies, rules and regulations issued by the supreme court;
  18. perform such other administrative and substantive functions as are necessary for the efficient operations of the court on a day-to-day basis.”