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New Mexico Court Decisions

A diagram of the state court system (called a “Court Structure Chart” and including a summary of each court’s jurisdiction) is available on the web site of the National Center for State Courts.

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Tables of Cases — 2007–Present1998–2006 … [N.M. Supreme Court Law Library] — Table showing citations and dates, with hyperlinks to opinions, for cases decided by the New Mexico Supreme Court and Court of Appeals.
    Trial Court Case Lookup … Find data on cases pending in magistrate courts and district courts.


New Mexico Constitution and Legislation

See also a database of statewide ballot measures maintained by the National Conference of State Legislatures.

  1. Constitution (N.M. Const.)
    Note—The constitution is not available at any official web site, but a version provided by Conway Greene Co. is available (within the statutes).

  2. Bills
    See also the New Mexico Legislature web site.

  3. Laws of New Mexico (N.M. Laws)

  4. New Mexico Statutes Annotated (N.M. Stat. Ann.)
    The statutes are not available at any official web site, but a version provided by Conway Greene Co. is available. See also uniform laws and interstate compacts.


New Mexico Rules of Procedure and Practice

  1. Rules of Procedure
    Note—The state-wide court rules are not available at any official web site, but a version provided by Conway Greene Co. is available (within the statutes).

  2. Local Court Rules • U.S. Court Rules
  3. Additional Resources
    ¶ Local Court Rules … Local rules for all New Mexico judicial districts are available in Conway Greene Co. version of the statutes.
    ¶ Administrative Procedure Manuals for District Courts and for Magistrate Courts


New Mexico Administrative Law Sources

See also a page of links to sources of rules, maintained by the Administrative Codes and Registers Section of the National Association of Secretaries of State.
  1. Regulations
    1. New Mexico Administrative Code (N.M. Admin. Code)
    2. New Mexico Register (N.M. Reg.)

    Additional Resources
    ¶ Workers’ Compensation Administration: Rules and Regulations … PDF files, each containing one part of the Administrative Code chapter that comprises the WCA regulations.

  2. Opinions • Decisions • Orders • Rulings
  3. Attorney General Opinions (Ops. N.M. Att’y Gen.)


New Mexico Ordinances and Home-Rule Charters

Ordinances are local laws, commonly organized into codes, that have been enacted by municipalities — cities, towns, etc. — and counties. Charters are organic laws (similar in function to a constitution) of those local government entities for which “home rule” is authorized by state law. For local laws not found through the links given here, try the county web sites and municipality web sites at “State and Local Government on the Net” by Piper Resources, or a publisher’s web site:
  • American Legal Publishing Corp.
  • Coded Systems Corp.
  • Code Publishing Co.
  • General Code, LLC
  • Municipal Code Corp.
  • Sterling Codifiers
    1. Charters
      Note that a charter could be included in a collection of ordinances (see below) instead of being separately accessible.
    2. County Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the county. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.
    3. Municipal Ordinances
      Click on the button keyed to the name of the municipality. NOTE: On some web sites, selecting the state is necessary for access to the ordinances link.


    New Mexico Law-Related Periodicals

    Periodicals providing on-line articles are linked here. See also links to all New Mexico law-review web sites as well as links to web sites of all U.S.-published law reviews and periodicals.


    Other New Mexico Commentary

    1. Attorney General Publications
    2. New Mexico Tribal Court Handbook State Bar of New Mexico and Tribal Law Journal. … “The Indian Law Section of the State Bar of New Mexico first published the New Mexico Tribal Court Handbook in 1991 … . The State Bar of New Mexico requested the assistance of the Tribal Law Journal to update and publish the latest updates to the Handbook on the Tribal Law Journalís website. Since the Tribal Law Journal follows an entirely online format, the Handbook will be readily accessible to legal practitioners with consistent updates provided by the Journalís staff.”

    3. Reference Guide on Media Issues. State Bar of New Mexico, Bench Bar Media Committee. … “Judges, lawyers and members of the news media at times find themselves in situations where the interests of free press, fair trial, litigants, witnesses and others are in conflict. These issues frequently arise during the course of a proceeding, with little advance warning. [¶] The Bench Bar Media Committee, as a result of dialogue involving judges, lawyers and journalists, has prepared this quick reference guide on media issues that commonly arise in State District Courts and the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court. The guide includes some key statutes, Supreme Court Rules, case summaries and citations dealing with these issues.”

    4. Doing Business in New Mexico. Rodey, Dickason, Sloan, Akin & Robb, P.A. … [Lex Mundi]


    New Mexico Law-Related Topical Web Sites

    1. Getting Help With Animal Issues From Government Agencies … [Animal Protection of New Mexico] — “This guide lists many common situations related to animals and those government agencies responsible for assisting with those situations. In addition, the relevant statute numbers have been included for those wanting more specific information.” See also links to local animal laws for specific New Mexico cities, counties, and tribal lands.


    New Mexico Court Information

    New Mexico counties are organized into 13 judicial districts. Each county has a district court, which is the court of general jurisdiction. See also links to state court web sites, maintained by the National Center for State Courts. Additionally, the Ballotpedia.org web site presents information about courts and judges in the state, covering both state courts and federal courts, in a Wikipedia-style format.
    1. Web Sites

      See also the web site for the Southwest Intertribal Court of Appeals (SWITCA), a voluntary court of appeals available to tribes in New Mexico.


    New Mexico Forms

    1. Court Forms
      See also a collection of downloadable state-court forms.

      1. Family Law Forms for Self-Representation
      2. New Mexico Forms of Jury Instructions
      3. U.S. District Court Forms

    2. State Agencies’ Forms

      1. Attorney General — Consumer Complaint Procedure and Form

      2. Workforce Solutions Department — Employer Forms

      3. Public Regulation Commission — Corporation Forms and Instructions … Note: Effective January 1, 1999, the former Corporation Commission was superseded by the Public Regulation Commission, which absorbed the former Public Utility Commission as well.
      4. Taxation and Revenue Department — Current-Year Forms
      5. Workers’ Compensation Administration — Reporting Forms

    3. Business Entity Forms …[Paracorp, Inc. (Cal.)] — Convenient interface to view and print in-blank official state forms (in PDF files) for filing by business entities. A JavaScript-enabled browser is required.


    Other New Mexico Resources

    1. Government-Related Web Sites

      See also the Piper Resources list of sites.
    2. Additional Resources
      ¶ Vital Records — Contact Information … [Elizabeth Orsay (Ind.)]
      ¶ Workers’ Compensation — Agency Contact Information … [Robert W. McDowell / N.C. Indus. Comm’n]

    3. Bar Associations • Law-Related Organizations

      See the National Federation of Paralegal Associations for links to websites of member organizations.
    4. Law Schools • Admission to Practice • Continuing Legal Education
    5. Consulate General of Canada in Dallas … Canadian consular services for New Mexico residents.

    6. Consulate General of Mexico in Albuquerque • Consulado General de México en Albuquerque


    Legal Research and Assistance

    1. Law Libraries

      See also links to web sites of public law libraries and catalogs of academic law libraries, maintained by the library at Washburn University School of Law; and the LibrarySites.Info database of library web sites (“Libcat”).
    2. Attorney General Publications: Consumer Brochures

    3. State Bar of New Mexico: Legal Information for the Public
      See also “Senior Supplements” for basic information on additional topics of interest to the elderly.
    4. Bankruptcy Law and Procedures for New Mexico Residents … [Calicchia & Kinast LLP (Ohio)] — This web site, presented by a Cleveland bankruptcy law firm, covers basic information about the bankruptcy process, describes debt consolidation and credit counseling as alternatives to bankruptcy, lists the property that an individual is allowed to keep (with citations to governing provisions of New Mexico law), and gives information about the bankruptcy courts and how to contact bankruptcy attorneys in New Mexico.

    5. Low-Cost Legal Aid … See also the web site for LawHelp.org and the web site for SelfHelpSupport.org.
      1. New Mexico Legal Help for the Poor … [Am. Bar Ass’n] — Contact information for statewide and local legal-aid programs, from the ABA’s Directory of Pro Bono Programs. The ABA also provides a page of links to pro bono programs’ web sites.
      2. WomensLaw.org — Sources of Legal Help … [WomensLaw.org (N.Y.)] — Sources of legal help (not limited to legal help for women) include statewide domestic-violence resources, local domestic-violence resources listed by city or town, free or low-cost legal services, and lawyer referral services.



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