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).
United States Attorney's Office for the District of New Mexico represents the United States in civil and criminal litigation in the court.
United States Attorney David Iglesias headed this office until his controversial dismissal following the 2006 midterm elections.
Acting is United States Attorney James D. Tierney since March 11, 2017.
Current U.S. District Judges [ edit ]
The court has announced that the judgeship now occupied by Judge Gonzales, will henceforth be located in
Las Cruces rather than its previous location of Santa Fe. 
Vacancies and pending nominations [ edit ]
Former U.S. District Judges [ edit ]
Senior status Appointed by
Pope, William Hayes William Hayes Pope
Taft, Taft death
Neblett, Colin Colin Neblett
Wilson, Wilson death
Phillips, Orie Leon Orie Leon Phillips
Harding, Harding appointment to 10th Cir.
Hatch, Carl Carl Hatch
Truman, Truman death
Rogers, Waldo Henry Waldo Henry Rogers
Eisenhower, Eisenhower death
Payne, Harry Vearle Harry Vearle Payne
Kennedy, Kennedy death
Bratton, Howard C. Howard C. Bratton
L. Johnson, L. Johnson death
Mechem, Edwin L. Edwin L. Mechem
Nixon, Nixon death
Campos, Santiago E. Santiago E. Campos
Carter, Carter death
Burciaga, Juan Guerrero Juan Guerrero Burciaga
Carter, Carter death
Baldock, Bobby Ray Bobby Ray Baldock
Reagan, Reagan appointment to 10th Cir.
Conway, John Edwards John Edwards Conway
Reagan, Reagan death
Black, Bruce D. Bruce D. Black
Clinton, Clinton retirement
Chief judges [ edit ]
Chief judges have administrative responsibilities with respect to their district court, and preside over any panel on which they serve unless circuit judges are also on the panel. 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.
Succession of seats [ edit ]
Seat established on September 14, 1922 by 42 Stat. 837 (temporary)
Seat abolished on April 29, 1929 (temporary judgeship expired)
Seat established on February 10, 1954 by 68 Stat. 8 (temporary)
Seat made permanent on May 19, 1961 by 75 Stat. 80
Seat established on October 20, 1978 by 92 Stat. 1629
Seat established on December 1, 1990 by 104 Stat. 5089
Seat established on December 21, 2000 by 114 Stat. 2762
Seat established on November 2, 2002 by 116 Stat. 1758 (temporary)
U.S. Attorneys (Present and Former) [ edit ]
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