The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission is an independent state agency within the judicial branch of the state government. The Commission is charged with investigating allegations of misconduct and disability against New Mexico state, county, and municipal judges within Article VI of the New Mexico Constitution. The Commission’s jurisdiction has also been extended to court-appointed: commissioners, hearing officers, administrative law judges, and special masters, while acting in a judicial capacity. The Commission does not have jurisdiction over attorneys, federal judges, candidates for judicial office who are not already judges, or over administrative judges, hearing officers, of the Executive or Legislative branches of New Mexico State Government.
Complaint forms may be requested from the Commission office, or you may download the complaint form in PDF format from this site. You may also fill out the complaint online and then print it, sign it in front of a notary public, and mail it to the Commission. An informational brochure about the Commission, what it can and cannot do, and the process is also available by clicking the “Commission Brochure” button. Complaints must be made on the Commission’s form and are required to be signed and notarized before mailing to the Commission. Delivery of complaints via FedEx, UPS, or in person is not necessary and will not expedite or affect the Commission’s review of your complaint. FOR SECURITY PURPOSES, ALL ITEMS LEFT OUTSIDE THE COMMISSION’S OFFICE OR BUILDING WILL BE TREATED AS SUSPICIOUS AND DESTROYED UNOPENED.
Policy Regarding Electronic Communications
It has been the long-standing policy of the New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission to interact with the public by mail, telephone, or in person contact. The Commission does not accept public correspondence via e-mail or fax. The Commission does not accept complaint forms via email or fax because original signatures and notarization are required.
Article VI, Section 32 of the New Mexico Constitution mandates that “[a]ll papers filed with, and all matters before, the Commission are confidential. The filing of papers and giving of testimony before the commission or its masters is privileged in any action for defamation, except that the record filed by the commission in the supreme court continues privileged but, upon its filing, loses its confidential character, and a writing which was privileged prior to its filing with the commission or its masters does not lose its privilege by the filing.” Confidentiality requirements do not apply to third-party complainants.
The Supreme Court’s files and hearings are accessible to the public, subject to the rules and orders of the Court.
A complainant’s name may be disclosed to the judge who is the subject of the complaint. A complainant may be called to participate and/or testify in Commission proceedings.
Commission staff cannot respond to requests for information regarding a complaint or any other proceeding before the Commission. However, a complainant will receive written notice of the ultimate outcome of the complaint, subject to the limits of confidentiality.
The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission provides the information on this web site as a service to the Internet public. All information is intended to be complete and timely. However, the Commission does not guarantee the accuracy of this information, and assumes no responsibility for any errors or omissions.
The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission does not provide legal advice, advisory opinions, or explain court or general legal procedures other than the Commission’s process. Your legal questions should be reviewed with an attorney or through your own research.
Although some of the information contained on this web site addresses legal matters relating to disciplinary proceedings, it is only intended to assist the public in obtaining a general understanding of the judicial disciplinary process. The underlying facts concerning every grievance are different, and the material contained on this web site is not intended to be used to definitively assess a judge’s conduct.
This web site contains links to other web sites. The Commission does not assume any responsibility for the content found on those sites.