2011 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 38: Trials
Article 2: Pleadings and Motions, 38-2-1 through 38-2-22
Section 38-2-9.2: Findings and purpose.


NM Stat § 38-2-9.2 (1996 through 1st Sess 50th Legis) What's This?

38-2-9.2. Findings and purpose.

The legislature declares that it is the public policy of New Mexico to protect the rights of its citizens to participate in quasi-judicial proceedings before local and state governmental tribunals. Baseless civil lawsuits seeking or claiming millions of dollars have been filed against persons for exercising their right to petition and to participate in quasi-judicial proceedings before governmental tribunals. Such lawsuits can be an abuse of the legal process and can impose an undue financial burden on those having to respond to and defend such lawsuits and may chill and punish participation in public affairs and the institutions of democratic government. These lawsuits should be subject to prompt dismissal or judgment to prevent the abuse of the legal process and avoid the burden imposed by such baseless lawsuits.

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