Accessing and citing New Mexico appellate court opinions
The Supreme Court of New Mexico designated the authenticated PDF opinion with digital signature as the official court opinion for the New Mexico state appellate courts effective for opinions released for publication on or after March 1, 2012. The official court opinions in digital format and in print volumes are collectively known as the New Mexico Appellate Reports
. Effective July 1, 2013, the Supreme Court amended Rule 23-112 NMRA to implement a new official citation format that improves ease of citation and expands access to all opinions of the Supreme Court and New Mexico Court of Appeals. To view Rule 23-112, click here
As part of the Supreme Court’s case citation initiative, the Chief Clerk of the Supreme Court of New Mexico assigned new official citations and paragraph numbers, in the citation format required by Rule 23-112 NMRA, to all NM appellate court opinions retroactive to the first opinion from 1852. The complete, uniform body of case law with the new official citations and paragraph numbers is now freely accessible on the New Mexico Compilation Commission website as a new addition to the New Mexico Appellate Reports
. The Commission’s website also provides free access to conversion tables for an at-a-glance reference to the old New Mexico Reports
citations and the corresponding, new official citations. For subscribers to NMONESOURCE.COM
™, this enhanced, uniform body of case law is word searchable with all cited cases hyperlinked to official PDFs for ease of access.
What is an authenticated, digital opinion?
For New Mexico appellate court opinions released after January 1, 2011, the Commission, as the Courts’ official legal publisher, began issuing authenticated PDF opinions with digital signature. Authentication provides assurance that the electronic version of the opinion is the final, unaltered version of the official opinion released and approved by the Chief Clerk of the New Mexico Supreme Court. The visible digital signature on online PDF documents serves the same purpose as handwritten signatures or seals on printed documents. A digital signature, viewed through the Commission’s seal of authenticity, and signed by the Office of Director, verifies document integrity and authenticity of its disseminated court opinions.
Viewing, printing and downloading authenticated opinions:
To view the digital signature, the user must have Adobe Acrobat or Reader. Validation is seamless in Versions 7.0 or higher (8.0 or higher is preferred). Follow this link
to download the current version of Adobe Acrobat.