Presiding Judge


Judge Miller-Barnes

The Presiding Judge of the Las Cruces Municipal Court is tasked with the Administration of the Municipal Court as well as being a bench judge where she conducts regular court hearings. The court also has a Municipal Judge II position whose primary function is to assist with bench work by conducting court hearings and reviewing cases.

State law does not require municipal judges to be attorneys; however the City of Las Cruces mandates that its municipal judges be licensed attorneys. There are two judges in the Municipal Court. The Municipal Judge I, who is the Presiding Judge, is responsible for the administration of the Municipal Court as well as establishing judicial policy and local court rules not inconsistent with the laws of the state, city ordinances or court rules promulgated by the state supreme court. The Municipal Judge II is primarily tasked with courtroom duties and case review