Friday, October 01, 2010
|The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed three “Pro Tempore” Judges to administer the Second Judicial District Court’s probation violation cases, District Court Chief Judge Ted Baca announced.
The New Mexico Supreme Court has appointed three “Pro Tempore” Judges to administer the Second Judicial District Court’s probation violation cases, District Court Chief Judge Ted Baca announced. Salaries for the judges are being paid with Bernalillo County funds specifically set aside to support the District Court’s Probation Violation Pilot Project.
“Three additional judges will have an enormous impact on our efforts to improve the quality of justice we administer by reducing any delays in hearing these types of cases,” said Judge Baca. “With the Court’s caseload constantly increasing in all areas, we are very happy to have additional judges to hear these matters.”
Bernalillo County said the project will also help with jail overcrowding. “We are hopeful that Bernalillo County may not need to build another expansion to the Metropolitan Detention Center” if this project is successful, said Tom Swisstack, Deputy Manager for Public Safety. The County estimated that any expansion of MDC would likely cost as much as $100 million. The cost of the judges, clerks, court reporters and interpreters for the project is $415,000.
The addition of the three judges is the fruit of several months worth of work between the Court, through Judge Baca, Presiding Criminal Court Judge Pat Murdoch, the County, and part ofan overarching action plan to improve felony case flow at the Court.
“The County’s assistance in our efforts to improve case flow is greatly appreciated,” said Judge Baca. “Judge Murdoch and I look forward to continued work with the County on this and other issues.”
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