Length of service. In New Mexico, jurors are not required to serve longer than 4 months.
Note: Cell phones, pagers, and other types of electronic devices are not allowed in jury rooms or courtrooms.
Exemptions. Those citizens who have served as a member of a petit jury panel or a grand jury in either state or federal court in the last 36 months are exempt from summons to jury duty.
A judge may grant an individual exemption for an individuals who is under extreme physical or financial distress or postpone the duty of an individual who has a personal emergency that renders him or her unable to serve. Absence from employment is not a valid reason to request exemption from jury duty.
Employer-requested postponement of jury duty. Jury duty for an employee may be postponed if the employer has five or fewer full-time employees and another worker is out on jury duty, or if the employee performs an essential function so that the employer would have to shut down or cease production if the person was required to serve jury duty (NM Stat. Sec. 38-5-10.1).
Job protection. An employer may not discharge an employee or threaten or otherwise coerce an employee who has received a summons to serve as a juror or attends court (NM Stat. Sec. 38-5-18). An employer that violates this section is guilty of a misdemeanor (NM Stat. Sec. 38-5-19).
Verification of attendance. Employees may request certificates of attendance, including dates and times, from the bailiff or court clerk.
Absence from work. An employer may not require or request an employee to use annual, vacation, or sick leave for time spent responding to a summons for jury service, participating in the jury selection process, or serving on a jury, nor must an ...