Administrative Authority

The Chief District Judge is the Administrative Authority of the Court. The duties and responsibilities of the Chief Judge are found in Rule 23-109 (B)  of the New Mexico Supreme Court General Rules:  "Duties and Responsibilities.  The chief judge of each judicial district and each metropolitan court district shall have the administrative responsibility for that judicial district or metropolitan court and shall:   

  1. administer established policy concerning the court's internal operations;   

  2. call and preside over regular and special meetings of the judges;   

  3. appoint standing and special committees as may be advisable to assist in the proper performance of the duties and functions of the court;   

  4. designate one of the judges to act in the chief judge's absence or inability to act;   

  5. exercise responsibility as the administrative authority in accordance with the provisions of law and the New Mexico Judicial Branch Personnel Rules and ensure the enforcement of those rules;   

  6. exercise general supervision, coordination and direction of business of the court;   

  7. supervise performance of the court's administrative office;   

  8. supervise court finances, including financial planning and preparation and presentation of court budgets;   

  9. coordinate the use of space, equipment and facilities of the court;   

  10. assign, reassign or consolidate cases among the several judges as equitably as possible.  Except with respect to specialty courts consisting of a single judge, cases shall be assigned by random selection designed so that each judge will receive substantially the same number and type of cases.  If a judge is unable to administer the cases assigned to such judge within a reasonable time, or if there are other justifiable reasons, the chief judge, in consultation with the other judges, may reassign cases to other judges within the district;   

  11. have published for general distribution copies of a current calendar setting forth the judicial assignments of the judges, the times and places assigned for hearing court matters, and any special calendaring requirement deemed necessary by the chief judge;   

  12. prepare an orderly plan of vacations for all court personnel, and for attendance at schools, conferences and workshops for judges and other court personnel;   

  13. provide an orientation program for new judges as soon as possible after their election or appointment;   

  14. provide for liaison between the court and other governmental or civic agencies;   

  15. when appropriate, meet with or designate a judge or judges to meet with committees of the bench, bar, news media or community to review problems and to promote understanding of the administration of justice;   

  16. oversee juror management;   

  17. implement and monitor compliance with all policies, rules and regulations issued by the supreme court;   

  18. perform such other administrative and substantive functions as are necessary for the efficient operations of the court on a day-to-day basis." 

The Administrative Authority is assisted in his functions by the following administrative office(r)s:

Court Executive Officer

Court Law Office

Human Resources (HR Administrator)

Finance Office (Chief Financial Officer)

Information Technology