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Public Notice Concerning Reappointment of Incumbent US Magistrate Judge Khalsa

Wednesday, December 22, 2021

UPDATE 2/9/22:  The comment period for this reappointment has closed.


The current term of office of United States Magistrate Judge Kirtan Khalsa is due to expire on September 7, 2022. The United States District Court is required by law to establish a panel of citizens to consider the reappointment of the magistrate judge to a new eight-year term.

The duties of a magistrate judge in this court include the following: (1) conducting most preliminary proceedings in criminal cases, (2) trial and disposition of misdemeanor cases, (3) conducting various pretrial matters and evidentiary proceedings on delegation from a district judge, and (4) trial and disposition of civil cases upon consent of the litigants.

Comments from members of the bar and the public are invited as to whether the incumbent magistrate judge should be recommended by the panel for reappointment by the court. Comments may be submitted by email to Questions or issues may be directed to Monique Apodaca, (575) 528-1439.

Comments must be received by February 8, 2022.  

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