Justice Nakamura re-elected Chief Justice of state Supreme Court

Published: May 3, 2018 11:15 amViews: 15

SANTA FE – Justice Judith K. Nakamura has been re-elected Chief Justice of the New Mexico Supreme Court by her colleagues to serve a two-year term.

Justice Nakamura has been Chief Justice since June 2017, when she succeeded Justice Charles Daniels to fill the remainder of his term in the position. She was appointed to the court by Governor Susana Martinez in 2015, and was re-elected in November 2016. defeating her Democratic challenger Michael Vigil by 52-48. Nakamura became the first Republican woman elected to the Court in the state’s history, and the first Republican since 1980.

The Chief Justice presides over Supreme Court hearings and conferences, and is the administrative authority over personnel, budgetary matters and general operations of all state courts. The Chief Justice also acts as an advocate for the Judiciary on legislation, funding for the courts and other issues.

Justice Nakamura joined the state’s highest court in December 2015. She served as a Second Judicial District Court judge from 2013 until being named to the Supreme Court and was a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court judge from 1998 to 2012.