The Supreme Court of New Mexico controls certain funds supporting the delivery of civil legal services to low-income New Mexicans. These funds include:
- registration fees collected by the State Bar of New Mexico from non-admitted attorneys appearing pro hac vice in civil cases before state courts;
- sums received by the Bar from attorneys in lieu of or supplementing their pro bono service; and
- interest on lawyer trust accounts (IOLTA).
Requests for proposals about the distribution of court-controlled funds are issued to civil legal service providers each December. The RFP lists criteria that will be applied in determining eligibility for grants. Providers who are eligible and choose to respond apply by the deadline set in the RFP.