Category Archives: New Mexico Supreme Court

RIP: Former New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Dan Sisk

I regret to report that former Justice Daniel A. Sisk, who served on the New Mexico Supreme Court in 1970, has passed away. Mr. Sisk was also a “name” partner at my law firm. Unfortunately, I never had the opportunity … Continue reading

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NMSC: Tort Claims Act waives sovereign immunity for loss of consortium claims

Today the New Mexico Supreme Court issued its decision in Thompson v. City of Albuquerque, holding that the Tort Claims Act waives the state government’s sovereign immunity for loss of consortium claims. The case was brought by the minor children … Continue reading

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Nakamura sworn in as New Mexico’s Chief Justice

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court’s newest member, Judith Nakamura, was sworn in as Chief Justice. She succeeds Justice Charles Daniels in that post. The swearing-in ceremony took place yesterday at the New Mexico Judicial Conclave here in Albuquerque. You … Continue reading

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Electronic filing is now available at the New Mexico Supreme Court!

Today I received the following welcome announcement from Joey Moya, Clerk of the New Mexico Supreme Court: As of today, electronic filing and service is​ ​available for use on a voluntary basis for all new and pending cases in the … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court to hear writ petition challenging Governor Martinez’s budget vetoes

According to this story by Steve Terrell in the Santa Fe New Mexican, the New Mexico Supreme Court has announced that it will consider the Legislature’s petition challenging Governor Susana Martinez’s line-item vetoes of the Legislature’s own budget and the … Continue reading

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Legislature petitions NM Supreme Court to overturn Governor’s budget vetoes

The Legislature has filed an extraordinary writ petition in the New Mexico Supreme Court against Governor Susana Martinez, seeking to overturn her veto of funding for the Legislature itself and higher education institutions. Andy Lyman of the New Mexico Political … Continue reading

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Above the Law interviews New Mexico’s chief disciplinary counsel

While this blog was having technical problems, last month David Lat of Above the Law conducted this interview with William Slease, chief disciplinary counsel for the New Mexico Supreme Court, who also serves as present of the National Organization of … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Texas doctor’s sovereign immunity will be upheld in medical malpractice case

Yesterday, the New Mexico Supreme Court issued its decision in the closely-watched case of Montaño v. Frezza. The case arose out of medical treatment that a New Mexico resident, Kimberly Montaño, received from a physician at Texas Tech University Hospital … Continue reading

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NM Supreme Court: Probation term does not expire if defendant absconds

When a term of probation expires, it means the defendant has satisfied all criminal liability, and is entitled to a certificate from a court saying so. See NMSA 1978, sec. 31-20-8. The term of probation is tolled, however, if the … Continue reading

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Nakamura, Vargas prevail in New Mexico’s appellate judicial races

According to the Secretary of State’s website, Republican Justice Judith Nakamura has prevailed over Chief Judge Michael Vigil, the Democratic candidate, in the race for the New Mexico Supreme Court, by a vote of 391,841 to 361,553. And in the … Continue reading

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