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Local judge retires, gave hope and purpose to those around him

August 10, 2014 • Local News

By Randal Seyler
Record Staff Writer

Friends, family and professional peers gathered Thursday at the Chaves County Courthouse to honor District Court Judge Charles Currier, who retired from the bench on Aug. 2.

Currier, longtime community leader, was appointed District Court Judge for the Judicial District in March of 2002. Besides Chaves County Courthouse staff, judges came from all over the state to honor him. Supreme Court Justice Petra Jimenez Maes of Santa Fe and Appeals Court Judge J. Miles Hanisee were among the dignitaries in attendance.

“This is a great honor, and I am humbled by your appearance,” Currier said to the crowd.
As a general jurisdiction trial court judge, Currier presided over criminal cases, domestic relations cases, civil and probate cases, and Children’s Court cases.

In spite of his impressive professional accomplishments, it was his humanitarianism and his concern for the people who came before him, especially families, that was remembered at his retirement celebration.
“I learned a lot from you as a judge, and as a teacher,” attorney Judy Pittman said to Currier, as she gently roasted him before a full courtroom. “As a teacher, you taught us the rules of civil procedure because we had to use them. I learned them from you better than in law school.”

Currier graduated from Delaware Valley College of Science and Agriculture with a Bachelor of Science degree in Business Administration in 1970. He received his Juris Doctor degree from the University of New Mexico in 1975. After passing the bar, he was in the private practice of law in both Albuquerque and Roswell for 27 years.

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