Magistrate Judge Tina Garcia is a life-long resident of Valencia County, having been born and raised in Los Lunas. She graduated from Los Lunas High School in 1984. Judge Garcia served as County Clerk from 2000 to 2006. She was elected Magistrate Judge in 2006 and has been on the bench since that time.
Judge Garcia has a passion for helping the youth and families of Valencia County. She volunteers on several committees and has been a driving force behind the implementation of the Valencia County Teen Court. Judge Garcia's involvement with Teen Court includes acting as one of the Teen Court Judges. She is currently the co-chair of the Valencia County Juvenile Justice Board in addition to serving on the Teen Court Advisory Board and the Education and Prevention Subcommittee.
Judge Garcia also performs the Administrative Hearings for the Los Lunas
Schools for Truancy. She has established a Truancy Court at the
Magistrate Court addressing truancy issues and holding parents and
students accountable for school attendance. Her dedication to local
youth and family causes has been instrumental in improving our local