2018 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 12 - Miscellaneous Public Affairs Matters
Article 1 - Compilation Commission
Section 12-1-7 - Recognition as official compilation.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 12-1-7 (2018)
12-1-7. Recognition as official compilation.

Upon the certification of the compilation of 1978 or any supplement by the New Mexico compilation commission, with the advice and approval of the advisory committee of the supreme court, the compilation or supplement shall be in force, and printed and electronic copies thereof shall be received, recognized, referred to and used in all the courts and in all departments and offices of the state as the official compilation of the statutory law of New Mexico and may be cited as the "NMSA 1978".

History: 1941 Comp., § 1-125, enacted by Laws 1953, ch. 39, § 7; 1953 Comp., § 1-1-7; Laws 1977, ch. 74, § 4; 2006, ch. 70, § 4.


Compiler's notes. — The annual certification of the commission and advisory committee is filed with the secretary of state. See 12-1-3 NMSA 1978 prior to the 2006 amendment of that section on NMOneSource.com.

The 2006 amendment, effective July 1, 2006, deleted the provision that the commission act through the secretary and provides for electronic copies of the official compilation or supplements.

Effect of omission of law from NMSA 1978. — Since NMSA 1978 is a compilation, not a revision or codification, i.e., it is gathered from other books and documents, a failure to refer to an enacted law in NMSA 1978 would not diminish the applicability of that enacted law. Loesch v. Henderson, 1985-NMCA-104, 103 N.M. 554, 710 P.2d 748.

Compilation presumptively official. — Compiled versions of statutes and court rules, certified by the compilation commission, are presumptively official. State v. Sandoval, 2003-NMSC-027, 134 N.M. 453, 78 P.3d 907.

Rules compilation. — Where the supreme court authorized the compilation commission to follow a set of drafting guidelines in the recompilation of the 1986 Supreme Court Rules Annotated, and the court approved the recompiled versions of the rules, instructions and forms, the version of the rules appearing in the 1986 Supreme Court Rules Annotated, and later in the New Mexico Rules Annotated, was the "official" version approved by the supreme court. State v. Sandoval, 2003-NMSC-027, 134 N.M. 453, 78 P.3d 907.

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