The New Mexico Supreme Court issued one opinion from May 1-7. As of May 7, the court issued 12 opinions in 2023 — two more than this point a year ago. The one opinion is below:
- El Paso Elec. Co. v. N.M. Pub. Regulation Comm’n, where the court found error with an order on retail electric rates and, therefore, vacated and annulled the order and remanded for further proceedings.
From May 1-7, state supreme courts issued 156 opinions nationally. The Supreme Court of Appeals of West Virginia issued the most with 22. State supreme courts in Illinois, Kentucky, Maine, Maryland, Michigan, New York, North Carolina, North Dakota, South Carolina, and South Dakota issued the fewest with zero. Courts where judges are elected have issued 91 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 65.
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 2,357 opinions in 2023. Courts where judges are elected have issued 1,315 opinions, while courts whose members are appointed have issued 1,042. New Mexico is a Democratic trifecta, meaning Democrats control the governorship and both chambers of the state legislature.