Raúl Torrez | Attorney General

Criminal Appeals

The New Mexico Department of Justice represents the State in every criminal appeal filed in New Mexico. In addition, the Criminal Appeals Division represents wardens in state and federal habeas corpus cases and represents the State’s interests in extraordinary writ cases. 

Members of the Criminal Appeals Division file briefs in and argue in front of the New Mexico Court of Appeals, the New Mexico Supreme Court, the United States District Court for the District of New Mexico, the Tenth Circuit Court of Appeals, and the United States Supreme Court. Our attorneys are active on various Supreme Court committees and regularly present trainings for prosecutors and other justice partners. 

The Acting Deputy Solicitor General over Criminal Appeals is Van Snow. He may be contacted at vsnow@nmag.gov. 

For email service to the Criminal Appeals Division, please email CriminalAppealsService@nmag.gov. 

DA Liaison List

The Criminal Appeals Division is available to provide information regarding appeals and the appellate process to prosecutors. The philosophy is to offer guidance and avoid any missteps that may adversely impact a criminal prosecution. If you are an assistant or deputy district attorney and have questions about whether or how to proceed on appeal, please fill out the following form: 

Criminal Appeals Division Contact Form

Basic facts, relevant procedural history, court, etc.

Criminal Appeals Resource Materials

How to Take an Appeal Handbook

This handbook is a guide to the appellate rules governing the institution of an appeal.

Click here to review the handbook.

Court of Appeals Attorney Information (Documents and Forms)

Includes sample docketing statement.

Click here to review.

Multi-Disciplinary Domestic Violence Conference 
Appellate Update Materials 

July 13, 2022 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2022 Multi-Disciplinary Domestic Violence Conference. Click here to review presentation.

 

District Attorney’s Conference 
Appellate Update Seminar Materials 

June 7, 2023  Appellate Law Update Presentation

2023 District Attorneys Spring into Summer Conference. Click here to review.

May 12, 2022 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2022 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

November 10, 2021 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2021 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

May 18, 2021 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2021 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

November 18, 2020 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2020 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

April 15, 2020 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2020 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

October 23, 2019 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2019 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

April 25, 2019 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2019 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

November 7, 2018 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2018 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

November 7, 2018 - US Supreme Court Criminal Law Update
April 19, 2018 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2018 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

April 13, 2017 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2017 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

April 13, 2017 - Victim Advocate Appellate Procedure Summary
November 16, 2016 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2016 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

April 27, 2016 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2016 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

November 17, 2015 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2015 District Attorneys Fall Conference. Click here to review.

May 6, 2015 - Appellate Law Update Presentation

2015 District Attorneys Spring Conference. Click here to review.

May 6, 2015 - Imwinkelried, Section 10.07

Past recollection recorded and present recollection refreshed or revived. Click here to review.

State v. Peter Chavez

Aggravated fleeing a law enforcement officer

Order dismissing State v. Peter Chavez. Click here to review presentation.

Raul Torrez
Attorney General
Raúl Torrez

Resources

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