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Tribunal del Primer Distrito Judicial

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Jury Selection Schedule and Information


Panel

Week of Monday, August 29, 2016, though Friday, September 2, 2016

 

Santa Fe Panel - A

Santa Fe Panel A must appear on Tuesday, August 30, 2016 by 8:30 a.m. at the First Judicial District Court located at 225 Montezuma Ave. Santa Fe, NM 87501. Bring your summons with you. Allow yourself plenty of time to park and walk to the Courthouse. For more information please read below. Thank you. 

Santa Fe Panel - B

 No Selection Scheduled 

Santa Fe Panel - C

 No Selection Scheduled

Santa Fe Panel - D

No Selection Scheduled 

Rio Arriba Panel - 1

 No Selection Scheduled

Rio Arriba Panel - 

 No Selection Scheduled

Los Alamos Panel - 1

  No Selection Scheduled 

  • ​​Reporting Time

Jury Box

If you are instructed to report, you must report for selection to the jury selection room or courtroom at the designated courthouse no later than 8:30 a.m.  The Courthouse opens at 8:00 a.m.  You will not be allowed in until 8:00 a.m., regardless of the weather.  Therefore, please dress appropriately for the weather.

  • Dismissal Time

If you are instructed to report, you must plan to stay until at least 5:00 p.m., and possibly later.  You should make arrangements for child care, driving at night, and other evening issues and obligations you may have accordingly.

  • Weather Delays and Closures

In the event of inclement weather:

  • Santa Fe Jurors:  Follow the delay or closure, if any, of the Santa Fe Public Schools, as announced in the media; 
  • Rio Arriba Jurors:  Follow the delay or closure, if any, of the Española and Chama Valley Public Schools, as announced in the media;
  • Los Alamos Jurors:  Follow the delay or closure, if any, of the Los Alamos Public Schools, as announced in the media;
  • Two-hour Delays:  If the applicable school is on a two-hour delay, you must report to the jury selection room or courtroom no later than 10:00 a.m.
  • Call 505-455-8225 for updated reporting information.
     
  • Parking

See “Parking Instructions” on this site for information regarding parking. 

  • Plan Ample Time

Please plan at least twenty (20) minutes to walk from the off-site parking structures to the courthouse and to go through security when you arrive.

  • Children are not allowed

Children are not allowed to be present during jury selection or jury trials.  Please make arrangements, as well as back-up arrangements, in advance for child care during your jury service.

  • No weapons of any kind

When you report for jury duty, you must first pass through security screening.  You will not be allowed to pass through if you have any weapons of any kind or any items that could be used as a weapon, including sharp objects, including items like knitting needles, or objects made of glass.  Please be sure not to have any such items in your possession, as you will either have to return them to your vehicle, or security personnel will confiscate and discard them.  Security will not hold items for safekeeping.  If you are uncertain about an item, you should err on the side of caution and not bring it.

  • Newspapers are not allowed

Any newspapers will be confiscated by security, and you are prohibited from reading newspapers online or through other media.  This rule is in place so as to prevent the possibility of jurors being tainted with information about cases from external sources.

  • Wear proper attire

Please dress comfortably but wear attire appropriate for conducting your role as a juror and befitting the dignity of the Court, that is, no shorts, sweat pants, tank tops, bare midriffs, or clothing with written messages.  Hats cannot be worn in the courthouse.  You may wish to dress in layers so as to be comfortable in fluctuating room temperatures. 

  • Breaks

Jurors will be given approximately an hour break for lunch and smaller breaks throughout the day.  There are several eating establishments within walking distance from the courthouse, or you may bring your lunch (so long as you do not bring glass containers).  You will not be allowed to eat or drink in the selection room or courtroom unless you need to do so for health reasons.  Breaks will be announced by the judge.  If you need a break to use the restroom, please raise your hand to ask the judge or the bailiff.  There may be periods of delay as part of the process.  Therefore, you may want to bring reading materials to occupy yourself during such periods, although you may not bring newspapers nor read them online.

  • Accessible facilities

All restrooms in the courthouse are accessible to individuals with physical needs, and ramps are located at the court entrance and exit.

  • Non-smoking facility

The courthouse is a nonsmoking environment.  You may exit and smoke away from the building during designated breaks.  However, you will be required to go through security screening again upon reentry.  Please be sensitive to others, in that individuals must sit in close proximity to one another during selection and the actual trial and odors may adversely affect your neighbors.

  • Juror Exit Survey

Please take the time to fill out the Juror Exit Survey by clicking on the link below, or by filling out the form provided by the court after you serve on a jury.  Your Feedback is greatly appreciated.  Juror Exit Survey

  • The Juror's Creed

I am a juror.  It is a position of honor that I accept as my solemn duty.

The right to trial by jury is an inalienable right granted to all citizens by both the United States and New Mexico Constitutions.  The success of the jury system depends upon my accepting this solemn duty and acting with integrity in discharging this responsibility.

I will listen attentively to the evidence presented, the argument of counsel, and the judge’s instructions.  I will thoughtfully and impartially weigh the issues and render my decision based on the rule of law as given by the judge.  I will not allow friendship, sympathy, bias, or prejudice to enter my decision.

I am aware that my decision is based upon the evidence and testimony that are presented in court and the rule of law as presented by the court.  I will not allow outside influences to color my judgment.  Such outside influences include discussion of the case with anyone who is not on my jury panel; reading or hearing about the case, including but not limited to the newspaper, internet news reports or blogs, radio or television broadcasts, and other people discussing the case within my hearing; or conduct my own research or experiments.

I realize that the legal procedures that I witness in court were developed over a long period of time to be as fair, equitable, and efficient as possible.  I understand that these procedures help jurors in keeping an open mind and avoiding outside influences.

Toward this end, I will work with my fellow jurors in a spirit of tolerance, understanding, and good will to bring the deliberations of the entire jury to a true and honest verdict.


Addresses

Physical Address

225 Montezuma Avenue
Santa Fe, NM 87501

Mailing Address

PO Box 2268
Santa Fe, NM  87504

Contact

Direct Line: 505-455-8225
Fax: 505-455-8229
Jury Information Line: 505-455-8306
Email: sfedjury@nmcourts.gov