Office Closure Notice

All LOPD office buildings will be closed to employees and to the public on Tuesday, January 19, and Wednesday, January 20. Staff and attorneys will remain available by phone on these days, but the offices will not be open. Offices will reopen Thursday, January 21. Numbers for offices are available here Offices

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LOPD COVID-19 Statement

The LOPD administration is concerned about the health and safety of our employees and clients. We are actively working with our partners in the justice system to create procedures to limit potential exposure to the coronavirus while also fulfilling our mission to our clients. Please refer to the

Admin Leave Award 2.0 , LOPD Restoring Client Services and Reopening Plan 1.1 and the LOPD Coronavirus Response Plan 1.3 for our current plans, which will be updated as needed.

The department encourages employees to self-monitor for signs and symptoms of COVID-19. Employees who suspect possible exposure, are sick or experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, must immediately contact their physician, inform the Department of Health, their immediate supervisor, and LOPD-HR. The state Department of Health coronavirus hotline is (855)-600-3453. If you feel like you are at high risk for this infection or have been exposed, please contact the Department of Health, and notify your supervisor immediately.

Please stay informed by visiting the following websites:

-Policies for the Prevention and Control of COVID-19 in NM

-Click here for the latest CDC Update

-Centers for Disease Control (CDC) and Prevention

-World Health Organization (WHO)


-COVID-19 US Tracker

-COVID-19 Global Tracker

The New Mexico Department of Health is the lead agency for the statewide coronavirus response. Community members are encouraged to visit NMDOH and follow NMDOH on Facebook, Instagram, or Twitter for the latest information.

Admin Leave Award 2.0.

LOPD Restoring Client Services and Reopening Plan 1.1.

Chief Public Defender Safe Workplace Directive

LOPD Coronavirus Response Plan 1.3

LOPD Memo to Provide Direction to Managers When Positive COVID-19 Test

LOPD HR - Explaining the Families First Coronavirus Response Act

LOPD Paid COVID-19 Leave Table

LOPD Paid COVID-19 Leave Request Form

Employee Rights- Families First Coronavirus Response Act

LOPD HR Department Office Telework Agreement 04.02.20

DOH Public Health Order April 6, 2020

SONM Executive Order 2020-022

COVID-19 DOH Order March 23, 2020

LOPD Coronavirus FAQ's

CDC Handwashing Tips

News & Events

[11-16-20] NM Supreme court has paused all jury trials until January 1, 2021. New!

[10-16-20] The Roswell office has moved to 500 N. Main Suite 105 Roswell, NM 88201. New!

[10-9-20] NMPD Commission General Meeting and Legislative Preparation Meeting Agenda October 23, 2020. New!

[8-24-20] State Public Defender supports class action lawsuit calling for immediate coronavirus safety in prisons. New!

[7-30-20] NMPD Commission Meeting Agenda August 7, 2020. New!

[7-22-20] Press Conference- LOPD Action Against Ice and Homeland Security New!

[6-8-20] LOPD Body Camera Press Release New!

[5-8-20] Resolution of the Public Defender Commission Concerning Protection of the Health, Safety and Rights of all New Mexicans New!

[5-4-20] Contract Counsel FY 21 RFP Package. New!

[4-9-20] Due to COVID-19, the 2020 LOPD Annual Conference is canceled. While this is disappointing, we want to ensure the safety and wellbeing of our employees and comply with social distancing mandates. New!

[3-16-20] LOPD Press Release March 15, 2020. New!

[3-15-20] LOPD Letter to Justice Nakamura. New!

[3-10-20] Amendment to 10.12.6 NMAC Sections 3,10,11 and 15. New!

[1-6-20] Amended Rule 16-804 Misconduct . New!