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District Court Judge Twelfth Judicial District Division 01

New Mexico’s 33 counties are divided into 13 judicial districts. 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. District courts 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 six years preceding assumption of office, and reside in the district for which he/she is elected. Judges serve six-year terms. Judges initially stand for election in a partisan election and thereafter stand for retention.

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    Stephen P. Ochoa

Biographical Information

1. What skills, education and prior experiences qualify you for this office?

2. If elected, what are your highest priorities?

3. What changes are needed, if any, to address the court’s backlog of cases?

4. Do you support alternatives to incarceration for nonviolent crimes? Please explain.

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