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In 1973, the New Mexico Legislature enacted the New Mexico Public Defender Act to meet the State’s constitutional obligations to provide counsel to indigent persons charged with crimes in New Mexico state courts. The Act provided for a Public Defender structure with state appropriated funding and a centralized administration.

The Department’s current operating budget for FY 14 is over $42 million; Department lawyers handle around 72,000 cases each year. Representation of Department clients includes misdemeanor, juvenile, and felony cases, through appeal and post-conviction proceedings, if necessary. In addition, we have statewide mental health and capital crimes divisions that provide specialized representation.

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News & Events

[08-26-2014] LOPD Commission meeting August 28, 2014 (By Conference Call # 605-475-6700 PIN 4929751). Agenda is now posted.

[08-05-2014] LOPD Commission meeting August 18, 2014. Agenda is now posted.

[07-16-2014] LOPD Commission meeting July 25, 2014. Agenda is now posted.

[06-27-2014] FY15 LOPD CDMS Sole Source Legal Advertisement.

[06-27-2014] FY15 LOPD State Bar Sole Source Legal Advertisement.

[06-11-2014] LOPD Commission meeting June 18, 2014. Agenda is now posted.

[06-02-2014] NEW TELEPHONE NUMBER FOR CARLSBAD LOPD OFFICE, EFFECTIVE 6/16/14

[04-25-2014] LOPD Commission Meeting and Retreat. The Lodge, Cloudcroft NM, May 1-2, 2014.

[04-14-2014] LOPD Commission vacancies announcement. April 14, 2014.

[04-01-2014] IMPORTANT INFO.REGARDING CHANGES IN TELEPHONE NUMBERS AND EMAIL ADDRESSES.

[03-27-2014] LOPD Commission telephonic meeting April 1, 2014.

[03-07-2014] LOPD Commission meeting March 14, 2014. Agenda is now posted.

[1-31-2014] Job Announcements - Chief Deputy PD and District Defender positions available.

[1-17-2014] LOPD Commission meeting January 24, 2014. Agenda is now posted.

[10-09-2013] LOPD Commission selects Jorge Alvarado as Chief Public Defender.

[08-30-2013] Contact information for members of the LOPD Commission.

[04-05-2013] Governor Martinez signs HB 483, the LOPD Commission Act.