SENATE JOINT RESOLUTION 15
52nd legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - second session, 2016
Cliff R. Pirtle
A JOINT RESOLUTION
PROPOSING AMENDMENTS TO ARTICLE 6, SECTIONS 4 AND 8 OF THE CONSTITUTION OF NEW MEXICO TO REQUIRE SUPREME COURT JUSTICES TO BE ELECTED FROM DISTRICTS RATHER THAN IN STATEWIDE ELECTIONS AND REQUIRING JUSTICES TO RESIDE IN THE DISTRICTS WHEN THEY ARE FIRST ELECTED OR APPOINTED.
BE IT RESOLVED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. It is proposed to amend Article 6, Section 4 of the constitution of New Mexico to read:
"A. The supreme court of the state shall consist of at least five justices, who shall be chosen as provided in this constitution. One of the justices shall be selected as chief justice as provided by law.
B. The state shall be divided into at least five districts from which justices shall be elected, with one justice elected from each district, as provided by law."
SECTION 2. It is proposed to amend Article 6, Section 8 of the constitution of New Mexico to read:
"A. No person shall be qualified to hold the office of justice of the supreme court unless that person is at least thirty-five years old and has been in the actual practice of law for at least ten years preceding that person's assumption of office and has resided in this state for at least three years immediately preceding that person's assumption of office. The actual practice of law shall include a lawyer's service upon the bench of any court of this state. The increased qualifications provided by this 1988 amendment shall not apply to justices and judges serving at the time this amendment passes or elected at the general election in 1988.
B. A justice of the supreme court, at the time the justice is first appointed to fill a vacancy or elected to office, shall reside in the district from which the justice is appointed or elected as provided by law. The provisions of this 2016 amendment shall not apply to justices serving at the time this amendment is adopted or to justices elected at the general election in 2016."
SECTION 3. The amendment proposed by this resolution shall be submitted to the people for their approval or rejection at the next general election or at any special election prior to that date that may be called for that purpose.
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