New Mexico Supreme Court Justice Barbara Vigil is asking legislators to boost spending on the state court system.

The Albuquerque Journal reports Vigil joined other court officials Friday in Santa Fe to request an 8.9 percent increase in appropriations from the state’s general fund.



Vigil says the money would be used to hire five new district judges, expand pretrial services that supervise defendants awaiting trial and improve security, especially for magistrate courts.

If the request is approved, the judiciary will receive about $199 million in the fiscal year that begins in July.

It’s part of a broader state budget expected to exceed $7 billion.

Two of the five new judges would be stationed in Albuquerque, and the other three would be based in Santa Fe, Las Cruces and Alamogordo.

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Chris Mechels

No mention of jury pay reform. Self employed and working class people can't afford to serve on our juries, leaving the middle and upper class, and government workers sitting in judgement on the poor. The is called Injustice. Other states do much better on this. New Mexico ranks last, as usual, due to low pay and a 90 days service. Our Judges don't seem to care.

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