The New Mexico Supreme Court issued one opinion from March 27-April 2. As of April 2, the court issued 10 opinions in 2023 — two more than this point a year ago. The opinion is below:
- State v. Lopez, where the court held “that the tolling provision of Rule 7-506.1(D) applies to cases that are dismissed without prejudice including cases dismissed by the metropolitan court and cases voluntarily dismissed by the prosecution.” It, therefore, affirmed the defendant’s conviction because the time to bring him to trial had not expired prior to his conditional guilty plea.
From March 27-April 2, state supreme courts issued 131 opinions nationally. The North Dakota Supreme Court issued the most with 17. State supreme courts in 18 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 82 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 49.
The New Mexico Supreme Court is the state’s court of last resort and has five judgeships. The current chief of the court is Shannon Bacon. The court issued 27 opinions in 2022 and 34 in 2021. Nationally, state supreme courts issued 7,423 opinions in 2022 and 8,320 in 2021.The courts have issued 1,640 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 904 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 736. New Mexico is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.