[h=1]New Mexico Court Rules Non-English Speaking Citizens Can Serve On Juries[/h] [h=6]August 13, 2013 9:55 AM[/h] SANTA FE, N.M. (AP) â€” The New Mexico Supreme Court is cautioning trial courts and lawyers that citizens who donâ€™t speak English have the right to serve on juries. The court issued the admonition in a ruling that upholds an Albuquerque manâ€™s convictions for murder and other crimes in the bludgeoning death of his girlfriend and a subsequent armed robbery and stabbing. Michael Samoraâ€™s appeal argued that his convictions should be reversed because a Bernalillo County judge excused a Spanish-speaking prospective juror who had trouble understanding English. The Supreme Court says it agrees with that argument but also says Samoraâ€™s defense needed to object during the trial but didnâ€™t. The ruling issued Monday tells judges and lawyers that they must make reasonable efforts to protect the rights of non-English speaking citizens to serve on juries.