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New Mexico Courts Improving Pretrial Justice

NM SUPREME COURT News:

SANTA FE — Pretrial justice improvements are underway to provide better information to judges for release and detention decisions about people charged with a crime and to expand the capability of courts to monitor defendants released pending trial.

“The Judiciary is building a robust data-driven pretrial system to help judges statewide make the difficult decisions on whether a person charged with a crime should remain free or be detained before trial, and the level of monitoring that released defendants need to ensure they return for court appearances,” said Artie

NM Supreme Court Rules Injured Tribal Casino Worker Cannot Seek Benefits Through State Workers’ Comp

NMSC News:

SANTA FE — The state Supreme Court ruled Thursday that tribal sovereignty precludes an Isleta Pueblo casino employee injured on the job from bringing a claim against the Pueblo or its insurer under the state workers’ compensation program.

In a unanimous opinion, the state’s highest court reversed a decision by the Court of Appeals to allow Gloria Mendoza to proceed with a claim for benefits filed with the New Mexico Workers’ Compensation Administration (WCA).

Ms. Mendoza injured her knee while pushing chairs at the casino Aug. 24, 2015. The Pueblo’s third-party workers’ compensation


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