The vacancy occurred when Judge Sandra Price retired


FARMINGTON — A new district judge was appointed by Gov. Susana Martinez last week to fill an empty position in San Juan County.

The governor announced the appointment of Sarah Weaver to the Division 3 district judge seat for the 11th Judicial District on Friday, according to a press release.

"I am excited and humbled by the opportunity to be a district judge and will do everything in my power to perform the job as well as possible," Weaver said.

The vacancy occurred when Sandra Price retired from the bench at the end of last year.

Weaver's first day on the bench is set for March 5.

She was selected by members of the 11th Judicial District Judicial Nominating Commission on Jan. 25 as its recommendation for the appointment.

Weaver, along with applicants Kyle Finch and Adam Bell, were interviewed by the 20-member commission in a courtroom at the Farmington District Courthouse.

The governor's office press release cited Weaver's strong legal background as an attorney in private practice and as a prosecutor.

Weaver has practiced law for more than 24 years.

She worked for the Seventh and 11th Judicial District Attorney's offices for nearly 10 years in positions including senior trial prosecutor and chief deputy district attorney.

Weaver has worked in private practice since December 2011.

As part of preparing to take the bench, she'll have to shut down her private practice and finish all her pending cases.

If she is unable to complete the cases, Weaver plans to refer cases to other attorneys.

The appointment lasts through the end of the year. Weaver is collecting signatures to appear on the ballot for the June 5 primary election.

She'll have to submit the signatures by March 13 to the New Mexico Secretary of State's office.

Joshua Kellogg covers crime, courts and social issues for The Daily Times. He can be reached at 505-564-4627 or via email at

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