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The New Mexico Law Offices of the Public Defender is committed to transparency within the ethical and legal boundaries inherent in the public practice of law. Journalists seeking information or comment are welcome to speak with LOPD employees and/or seek assistance from LOPD Communication Director Maggie Shepard. Department leadership is available to provide comment on departmental and statewide policy issues. The department’s social media policy can be found here.

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Media Contact Information

For media inquiries or help finding a source within the department, contact:
Maggie Shepard- Communication Director
Text or Call (505)-690-4529 [best option for quick response] 
LOPD-Media@lopdnm.us or maggie.shepard@lopdnm.us

Maggie Shepard
Communication Director
(505) 690-4529
maggie.shepard@lopdnm.us

IPRA requests

Inspection of Public Records Act requests can be submitted via email at:

LOPD-IPRA@lopdnm.us

IPRA requests can be mailed to:
Law Offices of the Public Defender

C/O Records Custodian Judy Gonzales
301 N Guadalupe Street, Suite 101
Santa, Fe NM 87501

(505) 395-2887 or by fax at (505) 476-0777

 

NOTICE OF RIGHT TO INSPECT PUBLIC RECORDS

By law, under the Inspection of Public Records Act, every person has the right to inspect public records of the Law Offices of the Public Defender. Compliance with requests to inspect public records is an integral part of the routine duties of the officers and employees of the Law Offices of the Public Defender.

Procedures for Requesting Inspection. A person desiring to inspect public records may submit a request to the records custodian orally or in writing. Requests to inspect public records should be submitted to the records custodian via email at LOPD-IPRA@lopdnm.us or mailed to:

Law Offices of the Public Defender

C/O Records Custodian Judy Gonzales
301 N Guadalupe Street, Suite 101
Santa, Fe NM 87501

(505) 395-2887 or by fax at (505) 476-0777

However, the procedures and penalties prescribed by the Act apply only to written requests. A written request must contain the name, address and telephone number of the person making the request. The request must describe the records sought in sufficient detail to enable the records custodian to identify and locate the requested records.

The records custodian must permit inspection immediately or as soon as practicable, but no later than 15 calendar days after the records custodian receives the inspection request. If inspection is not permitted within three business days, the person making the request will receive a written response explaining when the records will be available for inspection or when the public body will respond to the request. If any of the records sought are not available for public inspection, the person making the request is entitled to a written response from the records custodian explaining the reasons inspection has been denied. The written denial shall be delivered or mailed within 15 calendar days after the records custodian receives the request for inspection.

If a person requesting inspection would like a copy of a public record, a reasonable fee may be required in advance.