New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission
SANTA FE–The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission (NMJPEC) has appointed retired New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Edward L. Chávez as vice chair.
Justice Chávez served on the New Mexico Supreme Court for 15 years until his retirement in 2018. He was Chief Justice from 2007-2010. While serving on the Court, he wrote more than 200 opinions and served as the Court's representative on or liaison to numerous boards and commissions. He served as Second Vice President to the national Conference of Chief Justices and helped organize and launch a Judge's Science School at Los Alamos National Laboratory.
Since his retirement, Justice Chávez has chaired the Criminal Justice and Public Safety Task Force and the NM Supreme Court Ad Hoc Committee to Review Pretrial Release and Detention Procedures. He co-chaired the NM First Redistricting Task Force and currently chairs the New Mexico Sentencing Commission.
Justice Chávez earned a Bachelor of Business Administration degree from Eastern New Mexico University and graduated from the UNM School of Law. Prior to joining the Supreme Court, he was a practicing attorney who served as President of the Legal Aid Society of Albuquerque (now known as New Mexico Legal Aid).
NMJPEC was established by the Supreme Court of New Mexico in 1997 as a volunteer, nonpartisan commission to improve the performance of New Mexico’s judges and provide useful, credible information to voters on judges standing for retention in general elections. Under state law, judges standing for retention must receive 57 percent voter approval to remain on the bench.
The New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission is comprised of 15 individuals – seven lawyers and eight non-lawyers – who are appointed by the Supreme Court to staggered terms.
Members are selected from nominations made by the Governor, Chief Justice of the Supreme Court, Speaker of the House, Senate President Pro Tempore, House Minority Leader, Senate Minority Leader and President of the State Bar.
For more information about the New Mexico Judicial Performance Evaluation Commission, visit www.nmjpec.org.