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First Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Primer Distrito Judicial

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Los Alamos County Courthouse

Los Alamos County Courthouse
The Center was designed by WH Pacific, a national architecture and engineering firm which specializes in developing designs which are sensitive to the natural environment and the community. Utilizing energy-efficient systems such as a heat-reflecting roof and high-efficiency mechanical systems, the Los Alamos County Justice Center has achieved a LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Rio Arriba County Courthouse

Rio Arriba County Courthouse
When Tierra Amarilla was designated as the county seat the villagers set about building a courthouse. This structure was demolished to make way for the present one, which was built in 1917 and gained notoriety fifty years later when it was the location of a gunfight between land rights activists and authorities. The neoclassical design by Isaac Rapp is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Santa Fe County Judicial Complex

Santa Fe County Judicial Complex
The new Steve Herrera Judicial Complex building includes courtroom and office space housed in the three levels above grade as well as below grade parking and detention cells. The grand entrance is a two story atrium with pillars and stone floors. The courtrooms include custom millwork. The project achieved LEED Gold Certification.

First Judicial District Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils were originally created by Supreme Court Order. In 2019, the New Mexico Legislature passed HB 267 which created these Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils per statute. Under this bill, the Council meets once monthly. The Council for the First Judicial District meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:45 pm in Chief Judge Mary Marlowe-Sommer's courtroom.  The next meeting is scheduled for Tuesday, October 22, 2019 at 3:45 p.m. and Wednesday, October 23, 2019 at 3:45 p.m

FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONSORTIUM

October 22, 2019 (Tuesday, 3:45 p.m.)

Location: Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Courtroom

  1. Call to Order
  1. Data Sharing Grant Agreement- Next Steps
    1. Information necessary to addressing criminal justice issues in the First Judicial District
    2. Discussion around the best partners to combine for the beginning of the data integration grant
    3. Establish Sub-Committee to continue working on Grant next steps
  1. Short Term Goals
    1. CJLCC
      1. Establish Sub-Committees to focus on different goals
    2. Data Integration
  2. Long Term Goals
    1. CJLCC
    2. Data Integration
  1. Next Meeting Date (November 26, 2019)
  1. Adjournment

 

 

FIRST JUDICIAL DISTRICT CRIMINAL JUSTICE CONSORTIUM

October 23, 2019 (Wednesday, 3:45 p.m.)

Location: Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer Courtroom

  1. Call to Order
  1. Data Sharing Grant Agreement- Next Steps
    1. Information necessary to addressing criminal justice issues in the First Judicial District
    2. Discussion around the best partners to combine for the beginning of the data integration grant
    3. Establish Sub-Committee to continue working on Grant next steps
  1. Short Term Goals
    1. CJLCC
      1. Establish Sub-Committees to focus on different goals
    2. Data Integration 
  2. Long Term Goals
    1. CJLCC
    2. Data Integration
  3. Next Meeting Date (November 27, 2019)
  1. Adjournment

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

   

September 24, 2019 Criminal Justice Consortium Meeting Minutes

From:            Tyra J. Chavez

Date:              October 9, 2019

Attendees:     Judge Alexandra Naranjo       Judge David Segura            Jessica Arballo

                       Julie Ball                                 Jon Fischer                          Major Gabe Gonzales

                       Angelique Herrera                   Michael Nunez                   Richard Wilson

  1. Call to Order 

 The meeting was called to order at 3:47 p.m.

 

  1. Follow up Regarding Implementation of Preliminary Hearings and Grand Jury Proceedings in the First Judicial District

 

Michael Nunez stated that he would like to have an informal discussion and follow-up from      last meeting on the preliminary hearings and Grand Jury indictments. 

 

Judge David Segura stated that there has been a great response after meeting with            representatives from the District Attorney, the Law Offices of the Public Defender, and the Court Manager.  He stated that issues were discussed regarding triage at the front end of cases and requesting settings based on the individual case factors.  He stated that waivers or pleas will be accepted during any stage of the process to avoid additional settings. Judge Alexandra Naranjo stated that there has not been too much change, they are conducting status hearings and preliminary hearings and that the process is working well. 

 

Judge David Segura stated that although the cases are moving along, one issue is representation and the clients thinking that they are represented by the LOPD when that is not correct; LOPD is statute based unless there is an active investigation on a serious felony charge.  He stated that the LOPD is out after adjudication of the case and that if a new charge or probation violation occurs, a new application and a new attorney may be assigned as the process will start again.  He stated that notices need to be generated notifying the clients that they are no longer represented after the case is adjudicated so that they are aware. 

 

  1. Examine Judicial and Law Enforcement Processes, Identify Problems or Areas of Improvement in the Judicial and Law Processes

Michael Nunez stated that he would like to identify improvement areas within proceedings.  He stated that Pre-Trial Services is being revamped adding that Jon Fischer has just returned from a conference regarding such.  Jon Fischer stated that the main thing taken from the conference is the use of the safety assessment tool, which will be used at the District Court level and identify if the individual can be released and under what conditions.  He stated that the tool is to assist the Judge and that it will be tested at the 11th and 13th District Court before it is released for other districts adding that the 1st District will follow the proceeding districts.  He stated that the jails in Santa Fe, Los Alamos, and Rio Arriba will need to work with the Judges to identify what will be considered fair ratings and that each of the processes will include factors such as failure to appear, new arrests, new charges, etc.  He added that AOC will focus on the 1st District within the next 6-12 months.  Judge David Segura questioned if it is going to be a grid type of assessment tool.  Jon responded that the particulars still need to be figured out but that it will depend on the current offense, past offense, if any, failure to appear, history, etc. and that it may recommend a low end requirement, such as a phone call check-in, or on the higher end, an ankle monitor.  Judge Segura questioned if the assessment tool is going to be operational 24 hours a day, as part of the booking process.  Jon responded yes, that it is going to be available as part of the booking process.  Jessica Arballo stated that there is constant change at the jail, and although she has not heard of the assessment tool, they are willing to do whatever works best.  Michael Nunez stated that the tool will have charts, colors, risks, etc. to assist the Judge, but that the just still has full discretion.  Jon agreed and stated that the risk assessment is just another tool for the Judge to utilize.  Judge Alexandra Naranjo added that new tools are welcome.

 

The District Attorney representatives stated that an issue they are facing is the restricted SOPA access stating that it can be beneficial to them and the LOPD but that they need level 3 access so that they do not have to call the TCAA’s for information regarding violations and domestic violence cases.  Michael Nunez stated that he will ask Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer to address the issue at the next Chief Judge Council meeting. 

 

Michael Nunez stated that as the staff attorney for the FJDC he is also working on legislation for the council.  Judge David Segura stated that the commission should meet weekly during the session and have representation because the legislators do not know what is needed and that a representative needs to be present to advise, address, and guide on the issues that are affecting the courts.  He stated that he knows AOC is present but added that the courts specifically need representation.  Michael stated he will bring that up with Chief Judge Mary Marlowe Sommer. 

 

Judge David Segura stated that another issue that needs to be addressed is charge codes, and that correct charge codes need to be utilized.  Judge Alexandra Naranjo agreed and stated that cases are being dismissed per statute because the incorrect charge codes are being used. 

 

4.  Announcements

     a.  Data Sharing Grant – Next Steps

      b.  Firearms Statute (Current Progress?  Discuss further at next meeting, if necessary)

Judge David Segura stated that he is adding to the conditions of probation that weapons need to be surrendered and that he is advising the Major so that the weapons can be surrendered.  Michael Nunez stated that there has not been too much guidance on this and that it is going okay in Santa Fe.  He stated he will add it to the next agenda and ask that more law enforcement be present at the next meeting to identify the issues and talk about further legislation issues.  Major Gabe Gonzales stated that the SFCSO does not and cannot handle every case and that they are asking that if the offender lives in the city, they should go to the city to surrender their weapons, if they live in the county, they will take them.  Judge Segura stated that further legislation is needed with guidance on return and ownership. 

5.  Next Meeting Date (October 22, 2019)

6.  Adjournment

     The meeting was adjourned at 4:49 p.m.

 
 

 

The Santa Fe County Courthouse for the First Judicial District Court follows the Santa Fe Public School snow day and closure policy, [https://www.sfps.info] specifically including a delay of two hours or three hours, or a full closure as the case may be, as posted to the media by the Santa Fe Public Schools.

In the event there is a "delay," please read the directions posted on the First Judicial District Court website regarding the particular judge's docket for which your hearing is scheduled.[https://firstdistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/district-court-judges.aspx] For many judges, in the event of a snow delay, dockets will generally begin at 10:00 a.m. for a two hour delay and 11:00 a.m. for a three hour delay. In this event, attorneys, parties, witnesses, etc., with hearings set earlier than these two times should be present at 10:00 a.m. for a two hour delay or 11:00 a.m. for a three hour delay. Attorneys and parties whose hearings were set at either 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. should report at those originally scheduled times.

However, some judges simply reschedule the cases set in the 8:00-10:00 a.m. time period (in the event of a two hour delay) or the 8:00-11:00 a.m. time period (in the event of a three hour delay) to another part of the day or to another day entirely. In this event, please carefully read that portion of the District's website which relates to the particular judge on whose docket your case is scheduled and follow that information.

For the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, the District follows both the Chama Valley Schools as well as the Española Public Schools delay and closure schedule. [http://www.chamaschools.org ] [ http://www.k12espanola.org ] For the Los Alamos County Courthouse, the District follows the Los Alamos Public Schools delay and closure schedule [http://www.laschools.net ]. In the event of a snow delay for either of these courthouses, please carefully read the directions posted on the First Judicial District Court website regarding the particular Judge's docket for which your hearing is scheduled.

For all courthouses, in the event of a "closure," all hearings set that for that particular day will be reset by the judge, with notice to all parties and counsel.