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District Court Judge Fifth Judicial District Division 03

New Mexico s 33 counties are divided into 13 judicial districts. The 5th Judicial District includes Chaves, Eddy and Lea Counties. These are courts of general jurisdiction that hold jury trials in the following types of civil cases: tort, contract, real property rights and estate contests. The district courts in New Mexico generally have exclusive jurisdiction over domestic relations, mental health, appeals for administrative agencies and lower courts, criminal appeals, and juvenile cases. To be eligible a person must be at least 35 years old, have practiced law for at least 6 years preceding assumption of office, and reside in the district for which he/she is elected. Judges serve six-year terms.

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    Efren Andres Cortez

Biographical Information

1. Have you been recommended by the Judicial Nominating Commission?

2. What qualifies you for this position?

3. What alternatives to incarceration do you support for nonviolent crimes?

4. What can be done to reduce backlogs of court cases?

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