2021 New Mexico Statutes
Chapter 34 - Court Structure and Administration
Article 5 - Court of Appeals
Section 34-5-5 - Court of appeals; personnel.

Universal Citation: NM Stat § 34-5-5 (2021)

A. The court of appeals shall employ a clerk and other necessary employees to serve at the pleasure of the court. Employees shall receive compensation established by the court, subject to legislative appropriations.

B. Before entering the duties of his office, the clerk shall take the oath prescribed by the constitution for state officers and file with the secretary of state a corporate surety bond in the amount of five thousand dollars ($5,000). The bond shall be approved in writing on its face by the chief judge of the court of appeals and conditioned upon the clerk's faithful performance of the duties of his office and payment of all money received as clerk to the person entitled to receive it.

C. Subject to legislative appropriations, each judge of the court of appeals may select a law clerk who is a graduate of a law school which meets the standards of accreditation of the American Bar Association. Each law clerk shall serve at the pleasure of the judge who selected him.

D. Personnel of the court of appeals, including law clerks and other employees, shall:

(1) perform duties as provided by rule of the court of appeals;

(2) not engage in the private practice of law; and

(3) not receive any additional salaries on account of services rendered the state.

History: 1953 Comp., § 16-7-5, enacted by laws 1966, ch. 28, § 5.


Cross references. — For oath of office, see N.M. Const., art. XX, § 1.

For surety bonds, see 10-2-15 NMSA 1978.

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