Justice Briana Zamora was appointed to the New Mexico Supreme Court by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham, after being recommended by the bi-partisan Judicial Nominating Commission. Prior to her appointment, Briana served as a Judge on the New Mexico Court of Appeals after winning election in 2018. She must now run in the 2022 election to keep her seat on the NM Supreme Court.
Briana has dedicated her career to public service because she understands the human impact that judicial rulings have for all New Mexicans across our great state. She is recognized for her judicial demeanor, hard-work ethic, and integrity over 12 years as a judge.
Briana has presided in over 20,000 cases and nearly 150 jury trials on criminal charges ranging from misdemeanor DWI to first degree murder. Her experience is unmatched. For nearly a decade, she has listened to victims who have suffered through violent crime experiences. She has heard from survivors of domestic violence, families of deceased victims and individuals plagued by homelessness and addiction.
Briana began her judicial career when she was appointed Metropolitan Court Judge in 2008 and was elected as a District Court Judge in 2012.
Born and raised in New Mexico, Briana is now raising her two children in Albuquerque. She is committed to improving our community through her continued public service and dedication to our justice system. This commitment was particularly shown when she presided over specialty courts such as the Homeless Court and the Native American Healing to Wellness drug court.
As an attorney, Zamora litigated both criminal and civil cases. She worked as an Assistant Attorney General and represented abused and neglected children as their guardian ad litem.
She is a native New Mexican and a graduate of New Mexico State University and UNM School of Law.