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New Mexico Court of Appeals
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The New Mexico Court of Appeals (in case citation, N.M. Ct. App.) is the intermediate-level appellate court for the state of New Mexico.


The court has general appellate jurisdiction over the state district courts and certain state agencies. The only exceptions to this grant of jurisdiction are:

These cases are directly reviewed by the New Mexico Supreme Court.


Ten judges sit on the court, each with their own paralegal and law clerk. However, the Court is moving towards a two-law clerk system.

As of 2019, the judges on the court are Chief Judge Linda M. Vanzi and nine associate judges (in order of seniority):

  1. Linda M. Vanzi
  2. Monica Zamora [2][3]
  3. J. Miles Hanisee[4][5]
  4. Julie J. Vargas[6][7]
  5. Jennifer L. Attrep
  6. Kristina Bogardus
  7. Jacqueline Medina
  8. Megan Duffy
  9. Briana Zamora


The court of appeals was created by a constitutional amendment submitted to the electorate in a special election held on September 28, 1965.[8] The original enabling legislation established a court consisting of four judges.[9] The court was expanded to five judges in 1972[10] and seven judges in 1978. In 1991, it was again expanded to ten judges, where it remains today.[11]


  1. ^ See N.M. Const. Art. XI, section 2 ("Appeals from a judgment of the district court imposing a sentence of death or life imprisonment shall be taken directly to the supreme court.").
  2. ^ Monica Zamora won against Governor Susana Martinez's appointed judge, J. Miles Hanisee, in the 2012 general election.
  3. ^ Archived 2017-12-27 at the Wayback Machine?
  4. ^ J. Miles Hanisee was appointed in July 2011 to fill the seat of Robert E. Robles who resigned after pleading guilty to driving with intoxicated. He lost in the 2012 general election to Monica Zamora; however, Governor Martinez reappointed Judge Hanisee to the bench, Barbati, Duane (1 February 2012) "Appeals judge wants to retain seat" Archived 2012-02-06 at WebCite Alamogordo Daily News, archive at by Webcite on 6 February 2012
  5. ^
  6. ^ "New Mexico Appeals Court Results: Julie Vargas Wins". The New York Times. 2017-08-01. ISSN 0362-4331. Retrieved .
  7. ^ "NM-Verdicts | Hon. Julie Vargas". Retrieved .
  8. ^ Donnelly & Minzner, History of the Court of Appeals, 22 N.M. L. Rev. 595, 597 (1992), available at
  9. ^ Donnelly & Minzner, 24 N.M. L. Rev. at 605; see also 1972 N.M. Laws ch. 32, sections 1-2.
  10. ^ Donnelly & Minzner, 22 N.M. L. Rev. at 607; see also 1978 N.M. Laws ch. 25.
  11. ^ see Donnelly & Minzner, 22 N.M. L. Rev. at 613; see also 1990 N.M. Laws ch. 35.

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