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Since at least 1986, the Supreme-Court appointed New Mexico Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct has responded to inquiries from judges seeking guidance on judicial ethics questions on a variety of topics, including volunteer work, conflict of interest, recusal, politics, and extra-judicial activity. The Committee may respond to inquiries in the form of advisory opinion letters, which are not issued, approved, or endorsed by the New Mexico Supreme Court; nor are they binding.

The New Mexico Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct was created by a letter from the Supreme Court on July 29, 1977. A later Supreme Court Order issued on July 24,1986, provides information about written opinions issued by the Committee. The Committee was not required to issue a written opinion upon request, but it could issue a written opinion when it determined that doing so would aid the judge asking for the opinion, that issuing the written opinion would benefit the judiciary as a whole, and that the request was considered “appropriate”. For some years listed below, it is possible that no advisory opinions were issued.

The Code of Judicial Conduct has been revised several times. Please note:

From 2012-Present: Advisory opinions are based on the 2012 Code of Judicial Conduct that was adopted by the New Mexico Supreme Court effective January 1, 2012, as amended. The Code of Judicial Conduct is found in Rule Set 21 of the New Mexico Rules Annotated (NMRA). Pursuant to Supreme Court Order No. 11-8300-045, the former Judicial Code of Conduct was recompiled, effective January 1, 2012. See the Table of Corresponding Rules for the Code of Judicial Conduct in the current NMRA for former rule numbers and the parallel new rule numbers.

Between 1995 and 2011: Advisory opinions were based on the 1995 Code of Judicial Conduct.

Before 1995: Advisory opinions were based on the pre-1995 Code of Judicial Conduct.