HOUSE BILL 406
56th legislature - STATE OF NEW MEXICO - first session, 2023
RELATING TO COURTS; ALLOWING CERTAIN CASES TO BE REVIVED IF DISMISSED FOR LACK OF PROSECUTION OR DELAY IN SERVICE OF PROCESS DUE TO THE CORONAVIRUS DISEASE 2019 PANDEMIC.
BE IT ENACTED BY THE LEGISLATURE OF THE STATE OF NEW MEXICO:
SECTION 1. Section 37-1-16 NMSA 1978 (being Laws 1880, Chapter 5, Section 13, as amended) is amended to read:
"37-1-16. REVIVAL OF CAUSES OF ACTION.--
A. Causes of action founded upon contract shall be revived by the making of any partial or installment payment [thereon] on the contract or by an admission that the debt is unpaid, as well as by a new promise to pay the [same] debt; but [such] the admission or new promise [must] shall be in writing, signed by the party to be charged [therewith] with the debt. Such a cause of action shall be deemed to have accrued upon the date of [such] the partial or installment payment, admission of indebtedness or promise to pay; provided that no admission that the debt is unpaid or new promise to pay the [same] debt shall be effective to extend the lien of any mortgage upon real estate or any interest therein given to secure the original indebtedness, unless the payment is accompanied by an admission or promise and unless [such] the admission that the debt is unpaid or new promise to pay the [same] debt, signed by the party to be charged [therewith] with the debt and acknowledged by [such] that party in the form prescribed by law for the acknowledgments of instruments affecting real estate, shall be filed for record in the office of the county clerk where [said] the original mortgage is of record, prior to the date when any action to foreclose [said] the mortgage lien would otherwise be barred under existing law [and provided further, that the foregoing proviso shall not be applicable to any recorded mortgage upon real estate or any interest therein until after three months from the effective date of this act].
B. Every civil claim or cause of action brought against any party in any district court in New Mexico that is barred following a dismissal, including an action that is the subject of a request for reconsideration or an appeal, for lack of prosecution or delay in service of process and in which the dismissal occurred after March 11, 2020, is hereby revived, and action thereon may be refiled by December 31, 2023. Any action revived pursuant to this subsection shall not be dismissed for lack of prosecution, delay in service of process or as a result of a claim that the revived action is time barred. Nothing in this subsection shall limit the dismissal of any revived action as a result of a lack of prosecution or a delay in service of process if the grounds for dismissal occur after December 31, 2023."
SECTION 2. EFFECTIVE DATE.--The effective date of the provisions of this act is July 1, 2023.
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