“N.M. courts ask lawmakers to approve 9 new judges”

Chief Justice Petra Jimenez Maes, in her state of the judiciary address, has asked the Legislature to create nine new district judgeships in New Mexico to handle the increasing case load, according to this report in the Santa Fe New Mexican.

From my own experience, our state district court judges work very hard, without the assistance of law clerks, and many of them face crushing caseloads. One or two new judgeships for the Court of Appeals would probably also be appropriate.

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