Our Point of Contact for public information
The Doña Ana County District Attorney’s Public Information Office handles inquires submitted by the public and members of the news media. The primary function is to inform the public of the initiatives, programs, forums, and high-profile court cases. The PIO helps in coordinating print, electronic, and television interviews with the District Attorney, prepares press releases, and oversees social media sites and community outreach.
In determining which information may be released to the media, the Third Judicial District Attorney Public Information Office is guided by the New Mexico Supreme Court Rules of Professional Conduct; Trial publicity 16-306(a-d), (1-7), Special Responsibilities of a Prosecutor, 16-308 (F) of the New Mexico Rules Annotated which may limit the amount, timing or detail of information released.
The desire for transparency in government – at every level – along with the public’s right to access public records, has required every agency of the State of New Mexico to recognize the importance of the Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA) and to ensure that public employees are in compliance at all times. To that end, this statement is to serve as a reminder and instruction in order to increase awareness of IPRA and its requirements. It is the intention of the Third Judicial District Attorney’s Office that every employee will have a basic knowledge of IPRA and how to properly – and timely – handle requests from the public for access to records in our control. It is also the intention of the Third Judicial District Attorney’s office to strive for adherence to New Mexico’s “sunshine laws” – of which IPRA is an important part – while ensuring that certain records, which are excepted from inspection, remain protected (IPRA, 14-2-1 A.). The Parties agree that Plaintiff Corban Serna’s $500 donation from settlement funds to the New Mexico Foundation for Open Government is recognition of the importance of the values of open government and transparency.