House OKs bill to create 9 additional judgeships

Posted at: 02/21/2013 6:44 PM
By: The Associated Press

SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) - Courts across New Mexico will get nine additional judges under a proposal approved by the House.
    
The judiciary asked lawmakers for the judges to deal with case backlogs and help reduce delays in resolving lawsuits.
    
The House unanimously approved a bill on Thursday to provide $3.5 million next year for the judges and support staff.
    
The legislation provides district court judges in Santa Fe, Las Cruces, Lovington, Bernalillo and three in Albuquerque, along with a magistrate court judge in Las Cruces and a Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court judge.
    
A study of the court system's workload has found a need for 23 judges statewide.
    
The bill goes to the Senate for consideration.

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