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First Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Primer Distrito Judicial

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Judge Sylvia LaMar

Last Updated: 9/14/2020


Judge LaMar conducts all meetings by Google Meets.  The court prefers counsel and parties to participate by video at meet.google.com/bgu-oiva-ndq.  If it is not possible for you to participate by video, you may participate by calling 1-747-254-3940 and entering PIN: 179 671 321#.  Please mute your device and connect to Google Meet 5 minutes prior to your hearing.  Be aware that previous hearings may still be in process.  You may unmute your device when requested by the court.


 

July 20, 2020

Dear Family Law Attorneys and Pro Se Litigants,

As you know, the ongoing public health emergency has resulted in changes not only to our personal lives but also to how we conduct court hearings.  In this letter we are providing direction regarding some common issues and questions that have arisen.

TRAVEL/ QUARANTINE.  Joint legal custody presumes that both parents will make appropriate day to day decisions for the children while the children are in their care.  This includes travel, enrollment in extracurricular and camp programs, care for an ill child, and appropriate social distancing and safety measures.  Effective July 1, 2020, all New Mexicans who travel out of state must quarantine for 14 days upon their return to the state.  This means that if a parent has traveled with their children out of state, or the parent lives in a different state, that parent is responsible for ensuring that the children return to New Mexico at least 14 days prior to the beginning of school if the child’s school is expected to open under a hybrid or in person model.  If the children will be attending a school beginning under a fully remote model, they must return to New Mexico in enough time sufficient to be ready for school.  The parent returning the children from out of state will be required to quarantine with the children for 14 days within their period of responsibility, unless the in-state parent is reasonably able to accommodate the quarantine (without impacting his or her ability to work or the health of other household members).  The NM guidelines for mandatory self-quarantine provide an exception for individuals arriving to New Mexico pursuant to a court order.  This does not include children traveling pursuant to a custody agreement or order.  All children returning to NM from out of state MUST quarantine for the safety of the community.  You can expect that travel for the children will be delayed/cancelled if the quarantine period cannot be accommodated.

EMERGENCY FILINGS.  Prior to filing a motion that you label as an emergency or urgent matter, you must make every effort to see whether you can reach an agreement with the other parent.  Attorneys must meet and confer on a substantive basis and attempt to creatively resolve the issue.  For example, if a parent denies traveling out-of-state, consider having that parent agree to abstain from visitation for a 14 day period, followed by an immediate make-up of the lost time.  Remember that court resources are stretched thin at this time.  Only true emergencies will be addressed on an expedited basis.

PARENTING SCHEDULES.  The schedules in place continue and are to be followed, with both parents expected to work with each other and with the children regarding distance-learning requirements and other issues as they arise.  The school year schedule begins the first day of school, regardless of whether classes are conducted remotely.

OBJECTIONS TO PRIORITY CONSULTATION RECOMMENDATIONS.  Parents and counsel must meet and confer to attempt to resolve Objections to Priority Consultation Recommendations.  If counsel are directed to confer and report back to the judge by a date certain, your failure to respond may be treated by the judge as the withdrawal of your client’s objections.  The judges will accommodate attorneys who request short extensions to finalize settlement discussions.

PACKAGE RULE.  We follow LR1-201 D (“package rule”) and NMRA 1-007.1H (Notice of Completion of Briefing).  Attorneys shall strictly comply with these rules.  The judges do not know that you have filed a Notice of Completion of Briefing if it is not submitted by you to their proposed text email.  As a part of the package, you may also submit a form of order in Word format.  The judge will evaluate the pleadings and may issue an order without a hearing or schedule a hearing.  Please do not send us motions when filed, unless they are of an urgent nature.

EXHIBITS.  Exhibits are to be provided to the assigned judge’s proposed text (DV proposed text for DV hearings) at least 48 hours prior to a hearing in a DM case and at least 24 hours prior to a hearing in a DV case, unless a longer period is imposed by a scheduling order. The 24/48 hour periods do not include weekends and holidays. If the exhibits are lengthy, please deliver an exhibit notebook to the court.  We need sufficient time for our staff to print the exhibits and deliver them if we are working remotely.  Exhibits are to be simultaneously emailed to opposing counsel/party pro se.  Counsel shall meet and confer to address the admissibility of exhibits prior to the hearing.  Exhibits received late may or may not be allowed by the judge.

REMOTE HEARINGS.  All hearings are being conducted through Google Meet.  We prefer, and the NM Supreme Court encourages, that you appear by video whenever possible. Due to interruptions from feedback, do not expect to connect to hearings using multiple devices in the same room or close proximity.  The New Mexico Supreme Court has prohibited in-person hearings and trials absent a finding that there is a compelling need.  Prior to allowing an in-person hearing, the judge must receive approval from the Chief Judge.  We anticipate that these approvals will be rarely granted to protect the health of the parties, counsel and court staff.  See Supreme Court Order, 20- 8500- 025 and Emergency Court Protocol, July 6, 2020, which may be found on the First Judicial District Court website.

You may join court hearings for Judge Bulman by video at https://meet.google.com/fcg-ooyc-muh or dial-in: (US) +1 786-671-8522, PIN: 831 822 151#.

You may join court hearings for Judge LaMar by video at https://meet.google.com/bgu-oiva-ndq or dial-in: (US) +1 747-254-3940, PIN: 179 671 321#.

If you are new to using Google meet, please contact our offices a few days before and we will make every effort to have our court monitors help you with a dry run.  You may also connect to a hearing the previous day to test your ability to participate fully.  All hearings are open to the public with a few exceptions.

Thank you very much for working cooperatively with us during these challenging times.

Judge Sylvia LaMar

Judge Shannon Broderick Bulman


Interpreter Scheduling

To avoid delay or the rescheduling of your hearing, you must notify the TCAA at 455-8150 within 5 days of your scheduled hearing that an interpreter is needed.


Weather Delays and Closures

In the event of a two-hour delay due to adverse weather, all matters scheduled in the delay period will be heard on a trailing docket basis commencing at the conclusion of the delay period.  For example, if the first matter on the docket is scheduled at 8:30 a.m., it will be heard at 10 a.m. at the conclusion of a two-hour delay period and all matters will be heard on a trailing docket, but no earlier than their scheduled hearing time.  If the Court is closed on the day you have a scheduled hearing, your hearing will be rescheduled and noticed by the Court.


09/14/2020

8:00 AM

Judge Sylvia F. LaMar General Calendar

 

1:30 PM

 D-132-DM-2020-00041

 Chelsea Josephs

  v.

Dominique Josephs

 OBJECTION(S) HEARING

 Dissolution With Custody

Comment:

Petitioner:

  Josephs, Chelsea   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    Josephs, Dominique

Atty:    Pro Se

 

2:00 PM

 D-101-DM-2020-00497

 Edvin Tuchan

  v.

Aura Ramirez

 PRESENTMENT HEARING

 Dissolution With Custody

Comment:

Petitioner:

  Tuchan, Edvin   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    Ramirez, Aura

Atty:   

 

2:30 PM

 D-101-DM-2020-00465

 Kevin Hogan

  v.

Alexandrea Cordova

 MOTION HEARING

 Parentage

Comment:

Petitioner:

  Hogan, Kevin   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    Cordova, Alexandrea

Atty:   

 

09/15/2020

8:00 AM

Judge Sylvia F. LaMar General Calendar

 

8:05 AM

 D-101-DV-2018-00288

 J. G. M.

  v.

H. G.

 MOTION HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  M., J. G.   

Atty:  Quintana, Yvonne Kathleen; Castellano-Lockhart, Bea  

Respondent:

    G., H.

Atty:    Quintana, Yvonne Kathleen; Castellano-Lockhart, Bea

 

9:00 AM

 D-101-DV-2018-00227

 M. H.

  v.

J. M. H.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  H., J. F.

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    H., J. M.

Atty:   

 

10:00 AM

 D-132-DV-2020-00012

 L. Y. G.

  v.

M. S.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  G., L. Y.   

Atty:  Day, John W.  

Respondent:

    S., M.

Atty:    Jones, Michael R.

 

10:30 AM

 D-101-DV-2020-00252

 E. J.

  v.

A. J.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  J., E.

Atty:  Sitterly, Nicholas  

Respondent:

    J., A.

Atty:   

 

11:00 AM

 D-101-DV-2020-00261

 E. R. R. and O/B/O C. G., minor child,

v.

B. R.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  R., E. R.   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    R., B.

Atty:   

 

1:15 PM

 D-101-DM-2019-00889

 Stephanie Roybal

  v.

Randy Roybal

 SCHEDULING CONFERENCE

 Dissolution With Custody

Comment:

Petitioner:

  Roybal, Stephanie   

Atty:  Elion, Gary D.  

Respondent:

    Roybal, Randy

Atty:   

 

09/16/2020

8:00 AM

Judge Sylvia F. LaMar General Calendar

 

8:30 AM

 D-101-DV-2020-00276

 S. A. V. R.

  v.

J. V.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  V. R., S. A.   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    V., J.

Atty:   

 

09/17/2020

8:00 AM

Judge Sylvia F. LaMar General Calendar

 

1:30 PM

 D-117-DM-2020-00095

 In The Matter Of M., J., et. al.

 STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE

 Domestic Kinship/Guardianship

Comment:

Petitioner:

  SALAZAR, LEON   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    SALAZAR, MELANIE

Atty:   

 

3:30 PM

 D-101-DM-2020-00490

 In The Matter Of V., I. T.

 STATUS HEARING/ CONFERENCE

 Domestic Kinship/Guardianship

Comment:

Petitioner:

  VICENTI, IVETTE   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    VICENTI, MARCUS

Atty:   

 

09/18/2020

8:00 AM

Judge Sylvia F. LaMar General Calendar

 

10:00 AM

 D-101-DV-2020-00269

 J. S. and O/B/O E. S., minor child

v.

F. S.

 DOMESTIC VIOLENCE HEARING

 Domestic Violence

Comment:

Petitioner:

  S., J. D.   

Atty:  Pro Se  

Respondent:

    S., F.

Atty: