|United States District Court for the District of New Mexico|
|Location||Pete V. Domenici U.S. Courthouse|
|Appeals to||Tenth Circuit|
|Established||June 20, 1910|
|Chief Judge||William Paul Johnson|
|Officers of the court|
|U.S. Attorney||Fred Joseph Federici III|
|U.S. Marshal||Sonya K. Chavez|
The United States District Court for the District of New Mexico (in case citations, D.N.M.) is the federal district court whose jurisdiction comprises the state of New Mexico. Court is held in Albuquerque, Las Cruces, Las Vegas, Roswell, Santa Fe, and Silver City.
Appeals from the District of New Mexico are taken to the United States Court of Appeals for the Tenth Circuit (except for patent claims and claims against the U.S. government under the Tucker Act, which are appealed to the Federal Circuit).
The United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court. The current Acting United States Attorney is Fred Joseph Federici III since January 2021.
Along with the Western District of Texas, Southern District of Texas, and District of Arizona, it is one of the busiest district courts in terms of criminal felony filings.
As of December 17, 2021[update]:
|#||Title||Judge||Duty station||Born||Term of service||Appointed by|
|18||Chief Judge||William Paul Johnson||Albuquerque||1959||2001–present||2018–present||—||G.W. Bush|
|20||District Judge||James O. Browning||Albuquerque||1956||2003–present||—||—||G.W. Bush|
|22||District Judge||Kenneth J. Gonzales||Las Cruces||1964||2013–present||—||—||Obama|
|23||District Judge||Kea W. Riggs||Albuquerque||1965||2019–present||—||—||Trump|
|24||District Judge||Margaret Strickland||Las Cruces||1980||2021–present||—||—||Biden|
|25||District Judge||David H. Urias||Santa Fe||1967||2022–present||—||—||Biden|
|13||Senior Judge||James Aubrey Parker||Albuquerque||1937||1987–2003||2000–2003||2003–present||Reagan|
|14||Senior Judge||Curtis LeRoy Hansen||inactive||1933||1992–2003||—||2003–present||G.H.W. Bush|
|15||Senior Judge||Martha Vázquez||Santa Fe||1953||1993–2021||2003–2010||2021–present||Clinton|
|17||Senior Judge||M. Christina Armijo||inactive||1951||2001–2018||2012–2018||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|19||Senior Judge||Robert C. Brack||Las Cruces||1953||2003–2018||—||2018–present||G.W. Bush|
|21||Senior Judge||Judith C. Herrera||Albuquerque||1954||2004–2019||—||2019–present||G.W. Bush|
|Seat||Prior judge's duty station||Seat last held by||Vacancy reason||Date of vacancy||Nominee||Date of nomination|
|3||Albuquerque||Judith C. Herrera||Senior status||July 1, 2019||–||–|
|#||Judge||State||Born–died||Active service||Chief Judge||Senior status||Appointed by||Reason for|
|1||William Hayes Pope||NM||1870–1916||1912–1916||—||—||Taft||death|
|3||Orie Leon Phillips||NM||1885–1974||1923–1929||—||—||Harding||elevation to 10th Cir.|
|5||Waldo Henry Rogers||NM||1908–1964||1954–1964||1963–1964||—||Eisenhower||death|
|6||Harry Vearle Payne||NM||1908–1983||1963–1978||1964–1978||1978–1983||Kennedy||death|
|7||Howard C. Bratton||NM||1922–2002||1964–1987||1978–1987||1987–2002||L. Johnson||death|
|8||Edwin L. Mechem||NM||1912–2002||1970–1982||—||1982–2002||Nixon||death|
|9||Santiago E. Campos||NM||1926–2001||1978–1992||1987–1989||1992–2001||Carter||death|
|10||Juan Guerrero Burciaga||NM||1929–1995||1979–1994||1989–1994||1994–1995||Carter||death|
|11||Bobby Ray Baldock||NM||1936–present||1983–1986||—||—||Reagan||elevation to 10th Cir.|
|12||John Edwards Conway||NM||1934–2014||1986–2000||1994–2000||2000–2014||Reagan||death|
|16||Bruce D. Black||NM||1947–present||1995–2012||2010–2012||2012–2017||Clinton||retirement|
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court. Unlike the Supreme Court, where one justice is specifically nominated to be chief, the office of chief judge rotates among the district court judges. To be chief, a judge must have been in active service on the court for at least one year, be under the age of 65, and have not previously served as chief judge. A vacancy is filled by the judge highest in seniority among the group of qualified judges. The chief judge serves for a term of seven years or until age 70, whichever occurs first. The age restrictions are waived if no members of the court would otherwise be qualified for the position.
When the office was created in 1948, the chief judge was the longest-serving judge who had not elected to retire on what has since 1958 been known as senior status or declined to serve as chief judge. After August 6, 1959, judges could not become or remain chief after turning 70 years old. The current rules have been in operation since October 1, 1982.