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Probate court assistant Torres Roberts running for judgeship


Norma Torres Roberts has announced her candidacy for the position of Doña Ana County probate judge in the June 7, Democratic primary election.

Torres Roberts has been the county Probate Court assistant since 2017, she said in a news release.

In that position, Torres Roberts said she has assisted current Probate Judge Diana Bustamante “to oversee the opening of over 300 cases a year and respond to thousands of calls and email inquiries.”

Torres Roberts said she has been responsible for maintaining, updating and closing thousands of cases during the past five years, and “has been instrumental in assuring numerous new case probate applications are carefully screened before turning them over to the judge for final review and approval.” Torres Roberts said she has introduced “innovative ideas on improving procedures and forms in order to process and maintain new and existing probate case files in more efficient and thorough ways.” During the last three years, Torres Roberts said she has been instrumental in overseeing the electronic digitizing of all probate archives for the county.

Torres Roberts said she receives training from the Administrative Office of the Courts, an office of the New Mexico Supreme Court.

“Doña Ana County hovers between having the second and third highest volume of probate cases in New Mexico,” Torres Roberts said, and she “has been able to keep up with the exigencies of the court. During these last two years of the pandemic, the court has seen (an) increase in probate cases and an extraordinary number of inquiries about the probate process,” Torres Roberts said, and she “has been able to continue to work from home and later, back in the court, to assist Bustamante in assuring all probate inquiries are addressed in a timely manner.”  

Torres Roberts is a longtime resident of Las Cruces, having attended Las Cruces High School and later graduating from Oñate High School. She has more than 20 years’ experience working professionally in the banking field, Torres Roberts said in the news release. “This experience ranges from processing credit/ATM cards and consumer, personal, auto and home mortgage loans.”

Torres Roberts said she also has experience in the nonprofit field as a one-on-one credit and foreclosure counselor for first-time homebuyers.

Because she is fluent in both English and Spanish, Torres Roberts said she “has been able to provide much-needed assistance to the Spanish-speaking community of Doña Ana County.”