Laws governing citizen grand juries in New Mexico

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New Mexico is one of six states that allow citizens to collect signatures on petitions in order to request a county grand jury to convene.

The process is governed by Article II, Section 14, of the New Mexico Constitution which states in part:

"A grand jury shall be convened upon order of a judge of a court empowered to try and determine cases of capital, felonious or infamous crimes at such times as to him shall be deemed necessary, or a grand jury shall be ordered to convene by such judge upon the filing of a petition there[of] signed by not less than the greater of two hundred registered voters or two percent of the registered voters of the county, or a grand jury may be convened in any additional manner as may be prescribed by law."


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