The New Mexico Supreme Court is the state's highest court. Seated in Santa Fe, the court is comprised of a chief justice and four associate justices. The court handles appeals cases that ascend from magistrate, metropolitan, and district court decisions, such as life sentences and death penalty rulings. Its jurisdiction covers appeals from the Public Regulation Commission, writs of habeas corpus (orders bringing prisoners before the court for specific determinations of lawful sentencing), actions challenging nominations, and the removal of public officials. It also monitors and disciplines attorneys and judges throughout the state.