Clyde Mueller/New Mexican file photo First Judicial District Court Chief Judge Sarah Singleton swears in Santa Fe Public Schools Superintendent Veronica García on June 12 during opening day of a trial over the state’s funding to the education system.
Clyde Mueller/New Mexican file photo First Judicial District Court Chief Judge Sarah Singleton, who is currently presiding over two closely watched lawsuits involving education funding and gubernatorial vetoes, has announced that she’ll retire at the end of August but will continue to preside over select cases and hear minor issues pro bono for several months until her replacement is named.“It’s been my privilege to serve the people of the First Judicial District,” Singleton wrote in her June 12 letter of resignation to state Supreme Court Justice Judith Nakamura. If there is ever anything I can do for the Court or the judiciary, do not hesitate to contact me.”“I hope to remain very active on an issue that has consumed much of my time during most of my legal and judicial career, that of equal access to justice,” she said in an email.
Susana Martinez’s vetoes of several bills without explanation during the last regular legislative session.
Both cases are expected to be concluded before Singleton’s expected retirement.
First Judicial District Court Chief Judge Sarah Singleton speaks June 12 during opening day of a trial over the state’s funding to the education system.
Singleton has announced that she will retire by the end of August.
Following Judge Singleton's decision in Santa Fe County, District Judge Alan Malott made a similar ruling in Bernalillo County on August 26, arguing that denying same-sex marriage amounts to discrimination based on sexual orientation, which the New Mexico Constitution forbids.
The rulings of Judge Singleton and Judge Malott, however, affected only the counties within their jurisdiction.
She has had short stories published in various magazines and anthologies, including Black Static, QWF magazine, Enigmatic Tales and Interzone. SANTA FE – A nominating commission, after a day of interviews with applicants here, on Monday recommended four lawyers as nominees to replace retired state District Court Judge Sarah Singleton of Santa Fe.