5/10/18 Supreme Court grants Commission’s Petition for Writ of Prohibition and Emergency Stay

On April 9, 2018, the Commission petitioned the New Mexico Supreme Court to issue a Writ of Prohibition and Emergency Stay, No. S-1-SC-36879, concerning a civil complaint filed in the Eleventh Judicial District Court on January 8, 2018 styled, Honorable Trudy Reed-Chase, et al. v. New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission, No. D-1116-CV-2018-19-3, which sought to obtain materials which may be in the Commission’s possession but would be confidential pursuant to Article VI, Section 32 of the New Mexico Constitution.  The Supreme Court granted the emergency stay and ordered Respondents to respond to the Commission’s petition, and the Supreme Court heard oral argument on May 10, 2018 in the matter.  After considering the arguments and pleadings, the Supreme Court granted the Commission’s petition, finding that the district court did not have jurisdiction over matters pertaining to judicial disciplinary matters, and that the Commission’s proceedings are confidential except for the record filed by the Commission in the Supreme Court.  The Court concurrently issued a Writ of Prohibition to the district court prohibiting it from exercising jurisdiction over the civil complaint. Click on the following for copies of the civil complaint, Commission’s petition for writ and stay, order granting stay and ordering Respondents to respond to the petition, Respondent’s response to the Commission’s petition, order granting petition, and Writ of Prohibition.