Chief Judge Castillo, who hails from Silver City, was elected to the Court in November 2000, and since then has been a highly-respected and hard-working judge. Her retirement, while well-deserved, will be a loss to the citizens of New Mexico.
The Judicial Nominating Commission has posted its official announcment of the vacancy here. Applications for the seat will be due on November 21, and the Commission will meet to consider any applicants on Tuesday, December 4, 2012 at 9:00 a.m. at the Court of Appeals Building in Albuquerque.
UPDATE: Either the location of the interviews was changed, or I got it wrong the first time, but in any event, the Judicial Nominating Commission will be meeting at the Court of Appeals courtroom in the Supreme Court Building in Santa Fe, not the Court of Appeals Building in Albuquerque, as I indicated above.