The New Mexico Supreme Court issued one opinion from April 10-16. As of April 16, the court issued 11 opinions in 2023 — three more than this point a year ago. The opinion is below:
- Indigenous Lifeways v. N.M. Compilation Comm’n Advisory Comm., where the court found that “Petitioners [had] not shown that the 2020 ballot measure proposing to amend the constitutional provisions governing the PRC (Public Regulation Commission) violated the logrolling prohibition in Article XIX, Section 1.” The court, therefore, denied the petition for writ of mandamus.
From April 10-16, state supreme courts issued 91 opinions nationally. The Texas Court of Criminal Appeals and the North Dakota Supreme Court issued the most with nine. State supreme courts in 26 states issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 48 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 43.
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 1,883 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 1,029 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 854. New Mexico is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.