We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives. These calls are not valid. New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

Twenty to twenty-five percent of the cases originally assigned to the summary calendar get reassigned to a non-summary calendar following a memorandum in opposition. Many people have the misperception that staff attorneys write the notices of proposed disposition with little input from judges and that such notices should be freely disparaged in the memorandum in opposition to catch judicial attention and warrant a calendar reassignment. In fact, the calendaring judge will not infrequently make substantial changes in the draft written by the staff attorneys. Respectful disagreement with the notice of proposed disposition, including specifically pointing out where it is inconsistent with the facts of the case or with the law, will frequently result in a change of disposition.