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Metro Court welcomes the Honorable Joshua J. Sánchez

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court welcomes the Honorable Joshua J. Sánchez to Division IV after his recent appointment by Governor Lujan Grisham.  Judge Sánchez will formally take the bench on Monday, March 15th

Judge Sánchez joins the Metropolitan Court after working in private practice for nearly 15 years at the Law Offices of Michael S. Sanchez; specializing in criminal, juvenile, domestic relations, civil and probate law.  He also held a contract with the Law Offices of the Public Defender since 2007 taking on thousands of misdemeanor, felony and juvenile cases over the years. 

“Judge Sánchez knows what it’s like to handle a large caseload, making him a great fit for the Metropolitan Court,” said Chief Judge Maria I. Dominguez. “As the busiest court in the state, our judges are assigned an average of three to four thousand new cases each year. We also hear Felony First Appearances, Preliminary Examination Hearings, assist with after-hour warrant review and oversee 11 Specialty Court Programs.”  

While in law school at the University of New Mexico, Judge Sánchez served as a law clerk for both the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque and the Thirteenth Judicial District Court in Los Lunas.  He attended UNM for his undergraduate studies, graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Political Science in 2002.  He is a proud graduate of Belen High School, where he later volunteered as an attorney coach for the Eagle’s mock trial team.       

In his free time, Judge Sánchez enjoys spending time with his wife and daughter, taking in a L.A. Dodgers game and snowboarding atop New Mexico’s grandest mountain peaks. 

Judge Sánchez fills the vacancy created in November 2020 when Judge Courtney B. Weaks was elected to the neighboring Second Judicial District Court.