Legal Memorandum: Original Jurisdiction and Superintending Control

Issue: Under New Mexico law, does the issuance of a writ for superintending control fall within the original jurisdiction of the New Mexico Supreme Court?

Area of Law: Constitutional Law, Litigation & Procedure
Keywords: Original jurisdiction; Superintending control; Supreme Court
Jurisdiction: New Mexico
Cited Cases: None
Cited Statutes: N.M. Const. art. VI, § 3
Date: 09/01/2014

The New Mexico Supreme Court has original jurisdiction with respect to superintending control over all inferior courts pursuant to N.M. Const. art. VI, § 3 (“The Supreme Court shall have . . . superintending control over all inferior courts”).  See Griego v. Oliver, 316 P.3d 865, 873 (N.M. 2013) (“When we deem it appropriate, we exercise our power of superintending control to control the course of ordinary litigation in inferior courts even when there is a remedy by appeal, where it is deemed to be in the public interest to settle the question involved at the earliest moment.”  (internal quotation marks and citations omitted)).


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