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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Tribunal Metropolitano del Condado de Bernalillo

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The Metropolitan Court will be closed on Friday, December 9th from 11:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. for the Court's Annual Employee Holiday Appreciation Luncheon. 

Welcome to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Our website has been designed to provide you with information about court services and procedures. For questions regarding traffic citations, court hearings, payments, self-help, or other court-related matters, please visit the various links or call 505-841-8151 for Customer Service.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is located on the northwest corner of 4th St. and Lomas Blvd. NW in Albuquerque's Courthouse District. Metro Court is the courthouse with the scales of justice sculpture in the front plaza. The courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Weapons of any kind, pepper sprays, cell phones, electronic recording devices and camera-capable devices are not allowed in the courthouse.

Please explore our website for additional information about the court, forms or employment opportunities.

682 Bench Warrants Addressed at Safe Surrender Event

Metro Court’s Safe Surrender event in October was a great success! 682 active bench warrants were addressed, and $1,433 was collected. “This exceeded the numbers we expected to see. We were able to close a number of cases and also bring many folks back into the system. Those who came in were able to leave with peace of mind,” said Chief Judge Henry A. Alaniz. Individuals with outstanding bench warrants were able to see a Judge outside of the courthouse setting and receive favorable consideration in exchange for coming in to address the warrant. Nine Metro Court Judges and 53 Metro Court staff members took part in the event, along with one Magistrate Court Judge and five Magistrate staff members. “With the success of this first program, we will look to hold other Safe Surrender events in the future,” said Alaniz. “The event would not have been possible without the help of various criminal justice partners, the Barelas Community Center, and dedicated Metro Court staff.” Those still seeking information regarding an active bench warrant, can call Metro Court’s Customer Service Division at (505) 841-8151.

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Padilla Named Chair of New Mexico Court Executive Officers' Council

Robert L. Padilla, CEO of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, was recently appointed Chair of the New Mexico Court Executive Officers' Council. The Council assists the NM Supreme Court with the Court's mission, vision, and goals; ensures the effective and efficient management of public resources; promotes equal access to justice; and establishes consistency among New Mexico courts. Mr. Padilla, an Albuquerque native, has been with the Metropolitan Court for 25 years and has served as its CEO for the past three years. Padilla will serve as Chair for the next two years.

Metro Court’s Self-Help Division a Staple at Popular Law-La-Palooza

Dozens made their way to Wells Park Community Center in May for the popular Law-La-Palooza. The free legal fair is designed to give low-income individuals a chance to consult with a lawyer for about 30 minutes regarding any one of a number of topics such as; domestic relations, housing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, public benefits, immigration, etc. Learn More

Metro Court’s Homeless Court Program Receives $190,000

Metro Court is pleased to announce that its Homeless Court Program has received $190,000 from the City Of Albuquerque. The funds were approved as part of the City’s Fiscal Year 2017 budget. Metro Court requested the funds to improve the operations of its Homeless Court; a program that helps individuals without permanent addresses resolve their misdemeanor charges and connect them with various services exclusively through St. Martin’s Hospitality Center. Learn More

Metro Court’s Protection Unit Honored as APD’s Team of the Month for May!

Metro Court’s Protection Unit Honored as APD’s Team of the Month for May!
On May 12th, Metro Court’s APD Protection Unit was honored as Albuquerque Police Department’s Team of the Month. Four of the Unit’s seven officers attended the ceremony held at APD Main, along with the Court’s Chief Judge Henry Alaniz, CEO Robert Padilla and DCEO Jonathan Ash. The Unit’s remaining three officers remained back at the Court “holding down the fort” - a job they all take seriously and with great humility. Learn More

U.S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham Visits Metro Court

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In February, U. S. Congresswoman Michelle Lujan Grisham visited Metro Court for a first-hand look at how two of the Court’s specialty court programs are changing lives in our community. The Congresswoman sat in on a graduation ceremony from the Court’s DWI Recovery Court and Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court. Both Programs combat alcohol and drug addiction through strict supervision, counseling, and judicial oversight. The Programs have a reputation of being tough, but the results can be life-changing…with statistics showing that only 5.5% of those who successfully complete the programs re-offend. Learn More

Metro Court Receives Clean Audit for 7th Consecutive Year!

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For a seventh consecutive year, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has received an unmodified opinion for its external financial audit that resulted with no findings. The annual audit, conducted by Moss-Adams LLP, extensively reviewed financial transactions, budget, purchasing compliance, travel, bond processing, grant awards, information technology policies, fixed assets, reconciliations, statutory compliance, internal controls, and payroll processing. Moss-Adams LLP conducted two weeks of on-site testing along with continuous communication in the interim. The Finance Division was pleased to achieve completion of the audit two weeks before the statutory deadline. Learn More

Metro’s Mediation Division Celebrates 30th Year in Operation!

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What began as a pilot program in 1986, has evolved into the largest, ongoing court mediation program in the State of New Mexico. For the past 30 years, Metro Court’s Mediation Division has provided mediation services to the public, in an effort to assist parties in resolving their case. This service significantly reduces the cost of adjudicating civil matters, and prevents litigants from having to go to court for a resolution. In fiscal year 2015, more than 500 cases were resolved through the Court’s Mediation Division! Learn More

Court in the Community

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Each spring, Metro Court hosts the Gene Franchini Regional and State Final Mock Trial Competition. High school students from across the state flood the courthouse doors to compete for a chance to move on to the national level. 26 teams competed at the Regional Competition in February, and eight will compete for a chance at the state title in March. Learn More