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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

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All Offices and Divisions of the Metropolitan Court will be closed on Thursday and Friday, November 22nd and 23rd in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday.  Misdemeanor Custody Arraignments will be held on Friday, Novemeber 23rd at 9:30 a.m. with Felony First Appearances immediately following.  

 

Felony Pretrial Supervision has moved!

Effective Monday, July 9, 2018, Metro Court's Felony Pretrial Supervision Office will be located at 401 Roma Ave. NW on the 2nd floor.  

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.Learn More

Albuquerque Journal Endorses all 18 Metro Court Judges up for retention

"After getting elected, judges are required to go before voters for retention. This year 18 of Albuquerque’s Metro Court judges are up for retention." Read More

Metro Court introduces new Specialty Court program that tackles root cause of crime

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, with support from the Second Judicial District Attorney’s Office, the Law Offices of the Public Defender, the Private Defense Bar of New Mexico, local law enforcement and Mothers Against Drunk Driving (M.A.D.D.), is pleased to announce the launch of a new specialty court program designed to address substance use in our community and the criminal behavior it often leads to. Learn More

Metro Court Shares Information on Legal Services at Fiesta for Justice

In recognition of Pro Bono Month, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court’s Self-Help Center participated in the first-annual Fiesta for Justice, an event that featured live music, child-oriented activities, and information about civil legal services for low-income families. Chief Judge Edward L. Benavidez, Court Executive Officer Robert Padilla and Paralegal Renee Valdez offered visitors information on the court’s free legal clinics and handed out pamphlets on procedures in civil and criminal law. The event, sponsored by New Mexico Legal Aid, was held October 6, 2018 at iguex Park. Learn More

Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court Hosts First Resource Day

Seventeen agencies from across the state lined Metro Court’s 2nd Floor Jury Room on Thursday, October 4th for the first-ever Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court Resource Day. The agencies in attendance offered various services for Native Americans and provided participants information ranging from education, health care, support groups, life skills training, and alternative therapy to job opportunities. “Other specialty courts have had their own Resource Days, and we saw the need to have one specifically geared toward meeting the needs of our Native American participants,” said Judge Renée Torres, who presides over the Urban Native American Healing to Wellness Court. Learn More

Specialty Courts’ 1st Annual Dog Show brings awareness, promotes rehabilitation

It wasn’t your everyday sight as dozens of pooch pets gathered in Metropolitan Court’s outdoor courtyard on September 20th for the court’s 1st Annual Fun Dog Show and Resource Day. The event, meant to promote experiential therapy and bring awareness to the court’s 11 Specialty Courts, was a success with 37 dogs entering the competition, 16 resource providers coming out and dozens of Specialty Court participants serving as judges for the show. The event was open to the public, specialty court participants, court staff, and justice partners.Learn More

Laura Beth Harmon named Metropolitan Court’s Employee of the Year

Surrounded by co-workers, Laura Beth Harmon was named Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court’s 2018 Employee of the Year at the court’s annual Employee Conference in August. Laura Beth was honored for her more than 20 years as a pillar in the court’s Background Investigations Division. As a leadworker in the division, Laura Beth was praised by her staff members for being supportive, knowledgeable, and not afraid to get in the trenches to get the job done.Learn More

DWI Recovery Court’s Recidivism Rate Hits Record Low

The recidivism rate for Metro Court’s DWI Recovery Court is at an all-time low of 4.2%, down from the 5.4% re-offense rate that the program held from 2014 to 2017. “These results are exceptional because of the high-risk population that we are treating in the program. Many of the individuals have struggled with severe alcohol addiction and have undergone a complete transformation with the program’s help,” said DWI Recovery Court Judge Edward L. Benavidez.Learn More

Metro Court’s Protection Unit Named APD’s Team of the Month for August

Metro Court’s Protection Unit was named APD’s Team of the Month at a ceremony on August 9th, where the officers were recognized for the high volume of calls they respond to and the professional service they provide to the court and the citizens who frequent it. The Metro Court Protection Unit is comprised of seven officers who are responsible for the security and safety of Metro Court and the Pretrial Services Building down the street. On a daily basis, the officers monitor approximately 2,500-5,500 people in and out of the facility. They respond to disturbances within the courtrooms, to warrants and to remand orders.Learn More

797 Bench Warrants Addressed at Safe Surrender Event

Nearly 800 warrants were addressed at Metro Court’s Safe Surrender event in July, making it the court’s most-successful Safe Surrender to date. “This year’s event was five hours shorter compared to 2016, however, our judges addressed 102 more warrants,” said Court Executive Officer Robert L. Padilla. “We were able to close a large number of cases, bring folks back into the system, and those who came in were able to leave with peace of mind.”Learn More

2018-2020 Court Executive Officers Council Board Elected

For a second term, Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court CEO Robert L. Padilla has been named Chair of the Court Executive Officers Council (CEOC). Steven T. Pacheco of the 1st Judicial District Court has been elected as Vice Chair, and the 12th Judicial District Court’s Katina Watson will represent the council on the Judiciary's Budget Committee. The CEOC works to find ways in which state courts can operate more efficiently, communicate more effectively and make the best use of resources. Learn More

Free Legal Clinics

Metro Court is hosting free Legal Clinics the second Friday of each month! Attorneys are available on-site to provide free civil legal advice in the following areas of law: Landlord/Tenant Consumer Rights Trial Preparation Employee Wage Debts/Bankruptcy Discovery The Clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Court’s 9th floor.Learn More

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