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District Court gets new judge

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Sarah Singleton will replace Judge James Hall

By Carol A. Clark

Longtime Santa Fe attorney Sarah Singleton will replace 1st Judicial District Judge James Hall who retires Dec. 31. Hall most recently presided over the Vives v. Hull civil case in Los Alamos.

Singleton, 60, commended her predecessor during a telephone interview from her office late Monday, expressing her desire to follow his professional example.

“I hope I’m like him. I’ve had many cases heard by Judge Hall and he has excellent judicial temperament, he is very fair and always well prepared,” she said. “Judge Hall is one of the best trial judges in the state and this district is only going to be that much worse without him. I hope I can be half as good as he has been.”

Singleton recalled meeting Hall years ago when they coached T-ball.

“One of his twin sons was on the team. He was five or six-years-old at the time and he’s about to graduate from college so that was a long time ago,” she laughed.

Gov. Bill Richardson appointed Singleton to the post on Monday.

“Ms. Singleton is bringing with her more than 30 years of legal experience and I am confident she will serve the 1st Judicial District Court and the people of New Mexico justly,” Richardson said in a news release.


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