State-by-State 2011 Legislative Year in Review: New Mexico

Bills affecting the courts approved by the New Mexico legislature subsequently vetoed by the governor in 2011 included:

HB 285 Adds magistrate judge and additional member of public to judicial standards commission. Pocket vetoed.

SB 166 Increases appellate docket fees from $125 to $225. Creates the Appellate Transcription Fund to indigent appeals. Provides appellate docket fees to go to Fund (currently, docket fees are allocated to the Supreme Court Automation Fund and the Metro and Magistrate Court Facilities Fund.) Vetoed.

SB 277 Increases magistrate courts operations fee applied to certain convictions from $4.00 to $7.00. Vetoed.

New laws affecting the courts enacted by the New Mexico legislature in 2011, plus a constitutional amendment to appear on the 2012 ballot, include the following:

HB 58 Provides that certain amounts of the civil docket and jury fees be deposited into the General Fund. Provides contributions to judicial and magistrate retirement be provided from the General Fund. Increases contributions to judicial and magistrate retirement funds. Strikes existing law that defines “judicial retirement fund” as including “docket and jury fees of metropolitan courts, district courts, the court of appeals and the supreme court.”

HB 275 Provides for magistrate courts in counties over 250,000 (currently 200,000). Allows magistrates to had GED in lieu of high school diploma. Removes requirement that in counties over a certain population magistrate must be attorney.

HJR 18 (Constitutional Amendment) Adds magistrate judge and additional member of public to judicial standards commission.

HM 12 Requires interim legislative committee(s) studying tudy moving the duties of the adult probation and parole division of the corrections department, as they relate to monitoring persons on probation to the judicial branch of government.