SANTA FE – The Supreme Court is being asked to determine whether judges can be sued under the state’s public records law to force them to provide their emails or other communications related to the cases they’re deciding.
The high court heard arguments Wednesday in a dispute that lawyers said could establish the first ground rules for how the state Inspection of Public Records Act applies to the judiciary.
The case is an offshoot of a pending lawsuit in which the attorney general is trying to block a proposed horse slaughter operation near Roswell.
State District Judge Matthew Wilson of Santa Fe, who is presiding over the Valley Meat Co. case, was sued by the company after a public records request. He asked the Supreme Court to halt the litigation, citing judicial immunity.