New Mexico

New Mexico in the United States

Legal Materials

Internet links to New Mexico government agencies, statutes, regulations, cases, etc. are posted by FindLaw and Washlaw Web. Primary legal materials are also available from Lexis, Westlaw and Loislaw. Google Scholar has free cases back to 1950; subscription sites Versuslaw and Fastcase also have cases back to 1950. New Mexico Supreme and Appellate Court cases are published in the Pacific Reporter.

You can check the status of a pending bill through the Legislature’s online Bill Finder. For question about current legislation or legislative history, call the Legislative Council Service at 505-986-4600.

For questions about New Mexico legal materials, copies and/or inter-library loans, try calling the University of New Mexico Law Library (505-277-6236) and/or the New Mexico Supreme Court Library (505-827-4850).

Publications: The Bar Bulletin contains practice-related articles, rules orders, slip opinions, a calendar of meetings and workshops, and announcements. New Mexico does not have a real legal newspaper like the New York Law Journal or the Virginia Lawyer’s Weekly.

Business Entities: The New Mexico Secretary of State posts a database ofcorporations and LLCs. The Agency also posts a UCC filings database, as well as a list of UCC search providers.

Note: We linked the resources to archive.org in an effort to decrease the number of broken links cited.

For more U.S. state primary law resources, see:

Topics Covered by the New Mexico Legal Encyclopedia

Note: More detailed information about this State is provided in the New Mexico jurisdictional legal Encyclopedia, which tie together New Mexico statutory and case law.

Topics include:

  • New Mexico Statutes
  • NM Cases & Case Law
  • New Mexico Legal Websites
  • NM State Government Info
  • New Mexico Counties
  • New Mexico Cities
  • New Mexico Legislation
  • NM Court Reporters/Depositions
  • New Mexico Legal Forms
  • New Mexico Courts
  • NM State Bar/Legal Associations
  • New Mexico Law Enforcement
  • New Mexico Media Sources

Resources

See Also

New Mexico: Open and Free Legal Research of US Law

Federal Primary Materials

The U.S. federal government system consists of executive, legislative, and judicial branches, each of which creates information that can be the subject of legal research about New Mexico. This part provides references, in relation to New Mexico, to the legislative process, the federal judiciary, and the primary sources of federal law (cases, statutes, and regulations).

Federal primary materials about New Mexico by content types:

Laws and Regulations

US Constitution
Federal Statutory Codes and Legislation

Federal Case Law and Court Materials

U.S. Courts of Appeals
United States courts of appeals, inclouding bankruptcy courts and bankcruptcy appellate panels:

Federal Administrative Materials and Resources

Presidential Materials

Materials that emanate from the President’s lawmaking function include executive orders for officers in departments and agencies and proclamations for announcing ceremonial or commemorative policies. Presidential materials available include:

Executive Materials

Federal Legislative History Materials

Legislative history traces the legislative process of a particular bill (about New Mexico and other subjects) for the main purpose of determining the legislators’ intent behind the enactment of a law to explain or clarify ambiguities in the language or the perceived meaning of that law (about New Mexico or other topics), or locating the current status of a bill and monitoring its progress.

State Administrative Materials and Resources

State regulations are rules and procedures promulgated by state agencies (which may apply to New Mexico and other topics); they are a binding source of law. In addition to promulgating regulations, state administrative boards and agencies often have judicial or quasi-judicial authority and may issue administrative decisions affecting New Mexico. Finding these decisions can be challenging. In many cases, researchers about New Mexico should check state agency web sites for their regulations, decisions, forms, and other information of interest.

State rules and regulations are found in codes of regulations and administrative codes (official compilation of all rules and regulations, organized by subject matter). Search here:

State opinions of the Attorney General (official written advisory opinions on issues of state law related to New Mexico when formerly requested by a designated government officer):

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