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New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook

Juvenile Justice Handbook

Click here for a brief document summarizing delinquency cases issued by our appellate courts between publishing the Handbook in 2011 and December 31, 2015. This document includes summaries of delinquency and child welfare cases.

The New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook is a project of the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice and the New Mexico Judicial Education Center at the Institute of Public Law, UNM School of Law, in collaboration with the New Mexico Children's Court Judges Association. Developed with the support of the state Juvenile Justice Advisory Committee, the Handbook is intended to provide the New Mexico judiciary and other members of the juvenile justice community with a comprehensive guide to delinquency proceedings.

The Handbook incorporates applicable requirements of the New Mexico Children's Code, Children's Court and other Supreme Court rules, and case law affecting juvenile cases. It summarizes the steps in the legal process, describes the roles and responsibilities of a number of the participants, explains the hearings that may take place, and addresses such topics as competency, defenses, discovery, evidence, and sentencing.

The Handbook is intended to serve as a current, convenient secondary source of law, policy and practice for delinquency cases. Do not rely on the Handbook for legal authority; instead, consult primary sources for actual legal language and requirements.

Published in 2011, the Handbook is downloadable and in a searchable pdf. Questions about this new publication should be directed to the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice at 505-277-9170.

Important Updates: July 2017

Click here for a brief document summarizing delinquency cases issued by our Supreme Court and Court of Appeals since we published the New Mexico Juvenile Justice Handbook in 2011. Click here for second document updating the Child Welfare Handbook, which also includes updates to delinquency cases.

New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook: A Legal Manual on Child Abuse and Neglect

Current Revision: June 2014

New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook

The New Mexico Child Welfare Handbook is a project of the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice and the New Mexico Judicial Education Center at the Institute of Public Law, UNM School of Law. Developed in part under a grant from the State Justice Institute, the Handbook is intended to provide the New Mexico judiciary and other members of the child welfare community with a comprehensive resource guide to the state’s child abuse and neglect process.

The Handbook incorporates the applicable requirements of the New Mexico Children’s Code, the Children’s Court rules, court cases and federal laws. It summarizes the child abuse and neglect process, describes the roles and responsibilities of a number of the participants, explains the hearings that may take place in a case, and addresses such topics as discovery, evidence, psychological considerations, and special provisions for Indian children. Proceedings under the children's mental health laws, the Delinquency Act, and other statutes are also summarized.

The Handbook is intended to serve as a current, convenient secondary source of law, policy and practice for child abuse and neglect cases. Do not rely on the Handbook for legal authority; instead, consult primary sources for actual legal language and requirements.

Updated in 2014, the Handbook is downloadable and in a searchable pdf. Questions about this publication should be directed to the Corinne Wolfe Center for Child and Family Justice at 505-277-9170.

Important Updates to the Child Welfare Handbook: July 2017

In July 2017, we issued the sixth semi-annual update to the 2014 Child Welfare Handbook. This update covers new cases and other legal developments during the period of January 1, 2017 - June 30, 2017. It is important to check all six updates when using the Handbook. Click here for the updates.

Mailing Address

Institute of Public Law
University of New Mexico School of Law
MSC11 6060
1 University of New Mexico
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Physical Address

1117 Stanford NE
Albuquerque, NM 87131

Contact Us

Phone: 505-277-9170
Fax: 505-277-7064