We understand how many people are concerned about the ongoing news involving the Coronavirus. To assist people during this time our firm has implemented some strategies to assist people. While many offices have closed or suspended activity, the courts remain open. This means that ongoing cases remain pending. This is because of the rights of people under our Constitutional form of government. Nevertheless, we will keep our clients and friends posted about court updates that may impact on your rights and those of your family. If you have not joined our mailing list then we urge you to do so immediately so you can stay up to date on all developments pertaining to our court system.
We also include a letter from the NM Supreme Court outlining the Court’s decision to remain open and steps being taken by the legal community to ensure access to justice. While this time may present many challenges, we remain available to assist you and your family during these challenges. We have implemented our own technology to allow people to conduct meetings through computer video conferencing. If you are interested in a consultation or meeting via video conferencing just let us know so we can provide you with the link. For those desiring a face to face meeting we continue to offer in office, face to face meetings. We simply ask that you use the hand sanitizers that we offer along with refraining from shaking hands. If you have questions or wish to schedule a video meeting please contact us at 505-880-8737 or email us at info@JusticeLegalGroup.com. Thank you.
Amendment of the New Mexico Judiciary Public Health Emergency Protocols for the Safe and Effective Administration of the New Mexico Judiciary During the COVID-19 Public Health Crisis
WHEREAS, on November 13, 2020, the latest public health order was issued to combat the increased spread of COVID-19 infections during the ongoing public health emergency through enhanced restrictions on in-person gatherings; WHEREAS, due to the urgent need to minimize in-person gatherings and out-of-state travel to address the surge of COVID-19 infections, this matter has come before the Court upon recommendation to amend the New Mexico Judiciary’s Emergency Court Protocols to temporarily suspend jury trials until January 1, 2021, while continuing to hold other judicial proceedings within strict limitations on in-person judicial proceedings required by existing Emergency Court Protocols, and to clarify out-of-state travel restrictions for judicial officers and judicial employees; and WHEREAS, the Court having considered the recommendation and being sufficiently advised, Chief Justice Michael E. Vigil, Justice Barbara J. Vigil, Justice Judith K. Nakamura, Justice C. Shannon Bacon, and Justice David K. Thomson concurring;
NOW, THEREFORE, IT IS ORDERED that the recommendation to temporarily suspend jury trials is ADOPTED and the amendment of Emergency Court Protocols Nos. 1, 2, and 3 is APPROVED, effective immediately. IT IS SO ORDERED.
WITNESS, the Honorable Michael E. Vigil, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court of the State of New Mexico, and the seal of said Court this 13th day of November, 2020.
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View Previous Orders from the Supreme Court of New Mexico
NO. 20-8500-002: March 17, 2020: 4 IN THE MATTER OF PRECAUTIONARY MEASURES FOR COURT OPERATIONS IN THE NEW MEXICO JUDICIARY DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
NO. 20-8500-003: March 17, 2020: IN THE MATTER OF OUT-OF-STATE TRAVEL BY JUDICIAL OFFICERS AND EMPLOYEES OF THE NEW MEXICO JUDICIARY DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY
NO. 20-8500-005: March 18, 2020: IN THE MATTER OF ADDITIONAL TIME TO PAY FINES AND FEES DURING THE COVID-19 PUBLIC HEALTH EMERGENCY