Judge Walton To Be Censured

Formal proceedings were instituted last June 27, 2017 by the NM Judicial Standards Commission against Magistrate Judge Warren Walton.  Walton was accused of having improper out-of-court conversations with attorneys, defendants and their families; of improperly charging attorneys with contempt of court; and approving continuances.

After the investigation the Commission filed their findings and both parties agreed to accept the stipulation agreement and a consent to discipline.

The Supreme Court has put the judge on supervised probation, including a mentorship and ordered him to take classes on judicial conduct. If he fails to complete these, he will be suspended for three weeks without pay.  Walton will also receive a public censure which will be issued at a later date.

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