New Mexico Court of Appeals

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The New Mexico Court of Appeals is the intermediate appellate court in New Mexico.

The Court of Appeals has offices in Santa Fe and Albuquerque. The Court consists of ten judges, sitting in panels of three. The Court has jurisdiction in: civil, non-capital criminal, and juvenile cases, and discretionary jurisdiction in interlocutory decision cases and administrative agency appeals.[1]

Judges hold eight-year terms but may run in a retention election in the general election at the end of their term. If not retained, a judge's term ends on the January 1st following the election.[2]

New Mexico Court of Appeals
Court information
Judges:   10
Salary:   $119,000[3]
Judicial selection
Method:   Partisan election of judges
Term:   8 years


JudgeTermAppointed byParty
Chief Judge Roderick Kennedy1999-2019Republican
Judge Cynthia Fry12/1/2000-12/31/2022
Judge Michael Bustamante1994-2018
Judge Jonathan Sutin1999-2017
Judge James Wechsler12/1994-12/31/2022
Judge Michael Vigil2003-2019Gov. Bill RichardsonDemocrat
Judge Timothy Garcia2008-2019Gov. Bill Richardson
Judge Linda Vanzi11/1/2008-12/31/2022Gov. Bill Richardson
Judge M. Monica Zamora2013-2021Democratic
Judge J. Miles Hanisee2011-2022Gov. Susana Martinez

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Seat 1
CandidateIncumbencyPartyPrimary VoteElection Vote
KiernanKerry Kiernan NoDemocratic100%ApprovedA49.1%   DefeatedD
HaniseeJ. Miles HaniseeApprovedAYesRepublican100%ApprovedA50.9%   ApprovedA
JudgeElection Vote
FryCynthia Fry 74.0% ApprovedA
VanziLinda Vanzi 72.9% ApprovedA
WechslerJames Wechsler 73.2% ApprovedA


CandidateIncumbencyDivisionPrimary VoteElection Vote
VigilMichael Vigil   ApprovedAYes73.48%   ApprovedA
KennedyRoderick Kennedy   ApprovedAYes76.42%   ApprovedA
LopezVictor S. Lopez    No34%