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Courts > First Judicial sessions scheduled for January, February

By Tris DeRoma

For a few years, Los Alamos residents headed for district court found it relatively convenient, as the New Mexico’s First Judicial District provided a judge every Wednesday to hear cases at the Los Alamos Justice Center.
Now, with departure of First Judicial District Judge Sheri Raphaelson, after voters in her district failed to give her the 57 percent majority needed to stay on the bench, it may be awhile before district court in Los Alamos will get back to that same schedule.
First, a judicial nominating commission has to settle on a candidate, a process that isn’t likely to be completed until March or April of this year.
However, Los Alamos Magistrate Court Judge Pat Casados has been making sure the First Judicial District of New Mexico continues its practice of having a judge hear cases from Los Alamos in the county, a practice that saves residents who have cases with the court from sacrificing entire day in Santa Fe just to attend a hearing.
“I will continue to strive to make sure that the district court has a presence here at the Los Alamos Justice Center, either with a new judge or a judge that’s appointed to serve Los Alamos,” Casados said.

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