Office Closure Notice

The Aztec and Gallup offices are closed to the public, in-person consultations, and visitors until further notice. Staff is available by phone. Numbers for offices are available here Offices

All other offices are open to the public and employees.

For updated information, please check our website at or on Facebook or Twitter

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

LOPD Restoring Client Services and Reopening Plan 3.1 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.

LOPD Restoring Client Services and Reopening Plan 3.1.

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 Department Office Telework Agreement 04.30.21

DOH Public Health Order April 6, 2020

SONM Executive Order 2020-022

LOPD Coronavirus FAQ's

Resolution of the Public Defender Commission Concerning Protection of the Health, Safety and Rights of all New Mexicans

CDC Handwashing Tips

News & Events

[6-11-21] The LOPD Aztec office will be reopening to the public on Monday June 14, 2021. The Gallup office will reopen to the public on Monday June 21, 2021. New!

[04-14-21] NMPD Commission Press Release for Chief Baur's appointment. New!

[03-31-21] NMPD Commission Meeting Agenda April 9, 2021.

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

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

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

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

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

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