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Eighth Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Octavo Distrito Judicial

The Juror’s Creed

I am a juror. It is a position of honor that I accept as my solemn duty. 

The right to trial by jury is an inalienable right granted to all citizens by both the United States and New Mexico Constitutions.

The success of the jury system depends upon my accepting this solemn duty and acting with integrity in discharging this responsibility. 

I will listen attentively to the evidence presented, the argument of counsel, and the judge’s instructions.

I will thoughtfully and impartially weigh the issues and render my decision based on the rule of law as given by the judge. I will not allow friendship, sympathy, bias, or prejudice to enter my decision. 

I am aware that my decision is based upon the evidence and testimony that are presented in court and the rule of law as presented by the court.

I will not allow outside influences to color my judgment.

Such outside influences include discussion of the case with anyone who is not on my jury panel; reading or hearing about the case, including but not limited to the newspaper, internet news reports or blogs, radio or television broadcasts, and other people discussing the case within my hearing; or conduct my own research or experiments. 

I realize that the legal procedures that I witness in court were developed over a long period of time to be as fair, equitable, and efficient as possible. 

I understand that these procedures help jurors in keeping an open mind and avoiding outside influences. 

Toward this end, I will work with my fellow jurors in a spirit of tolerance, understanding, and good will to bring the deliberations of the entire jury to a true and honest verdict. 

To all Grand Jurors--those who received the PINK summons form:

The Court is proceeding with the Grand Jury as summoned. You will need to report for Grand Jury selection as indicated in your summons, on June 4, 2020. Please bookmark our Jury Webpage for the most current information: 

The Court is making every effort to protect the health and safety of  jurors, staff, attorneys, and the public. 
To appear for the Grand Jury on June 4th you can do so in the following three ways: 

Without coming into the court: 

1. If you have internet access, you can appear by video on Thursday, June 4, 2020, at 9:00 AM, please click on the link below to be connected to our Google Hangout Meeting.

If you have never used Google Meet before, please see the attached document  and view this link for more information: 

2. If you do not have the internet, but have a phone, you can appear on June 4, 2020 at 9:00 am by telephone. To call in please dial: 1 574-334-9253 when prompted enter the PIN number:  634319703 followed by #

Finally, if you do not have the internet or a phone, or prefer to appear in-person:

3. You can appear in-person at the Taos County Courthouse on Thursday, June 4, 2020 starting at 8:30 am. We will provide you with a mask, and we have hand sanitizer for your use. All jurors who appear in-person will be socially distanced. 

If you have not completed your Qualification and Questionnaire forms please do so immediately, by following the prompts to the Jury Qualification and Questionnaire here at found at this link:  

If you have questions please let me know, thanks! 

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Lauren M. Felts-Salazar

8th Judicial District Court

Court Manager III

105 Albright Street, Suite N

Taos, NM 87571

(575) 751-8621