Metro Court names new chief judge

New Metro Court Chief Judge Henry Alaniz

ALBUQUERQUE (KRQE) – A new metro court chief judge has been named to take the bench.

It’s Judge Henry Alaniz.

Judge Alaniz is a native New Mexican from Roswell.

He’ll officially take the bench on July 1st and preside over one of the busiest courts in New Mexico.

Just last week, Judge Julie Altwies announced she’s hanging up her robe after seven years as chief judge in the Metro Court Criminal Division. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Users who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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