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The Lea County Attorney serves as the legal advisor to the Commission, County Manager and all County Departments.  The County Attorney’s office is responsible for:
 
         ·Drafting or reviewing contracts that are submitted to the County Commission or County Manager for approval.  
         ·Drafting Resolutions and Ordinances for consideration and adoption by the County Commission.
         ·Reviewing requests for public records, as needed.
 
 The County Attorney may defend or assist in the defense of any lawsuits brought against the County. 
 
 
Frequently Asked Questions
 
1.   Do you give out legal advice to the public?
      No.  The county attorney only provides legal advice to the Governing Body, County Manager and Staff.  Citizens requiring private legal       advice need to consult a private attorney.  The NM Bar Association can help in this matter.  Their phone number is (505) 797-6000.  Or 
      you can contact Southeastern NM Legal Services at (575) 769-2326.
 
2.   Where do I go if I want to file a civil suit against someone for money owed me?
      Depending on the amount, either Magistrate Court or Lea County District Court in Lovington.  You can call Magistrate Court at
      (575) 397-3621 or (575) 396-6677 or the District Court at (575) 396-8571.
 
3.   Where do I go to get a restraining order on someone?
      You will need to go to the Lea County District Court in Lovington.  One of the judges will need to sign the order for it in order for it to
      be in effect.  You may contact the District Court Clerk’s office for more information at (575) 396-8571.
 
4.   How do I contact the District Attorney’s office?
      The District Attorney’s office number is (575) 397-2471.
 
5.   How do I contact the Public Defender’s office?
      The Public Defender’s office number is (575) 397-5230
 
6.   How do I contact Legal Aid?
      The number to the Southeastern New Mexico Legal Aid office is:
      Clovis (575) 769-2326 or Roswell (575) 623-9669
      Websites:
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7.   How do I submit a Public Records Request?
       Inspection of Public Records Act Compliance Guide
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Inspection of Public Records Act

The Inspection of Public Records Act is intended to provide the public with access to information on governmental affairs. The law requires public access to virtually all public records with a few exceptions. Most records are available for public inspection during normal business hours. To request to inspect records from Lea County please send a written request to:

Records Custodian:

County Manager Mike Gallagher
100 N. Main Avenue, Suite 4
Lovington, NM 88260
E-mail: mgallagher@leacounty.net
Phone: (575) 396-8601 Fax: (575) 396-2093
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