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 [email protected]

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.

Criminal Appeals Resource Materials

District Attorney’s Conference Appellate Law Update Presentations