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All Offices & Divisions of the Metropolitan Court will be closed on Thursday, November 25th and Friday, November 26th in observance of the Thanksgiving Holiday. 

Masks are required for all court visitors regardless of vaccination status. 

If you are appearing in-person at the Metropolitan Court, please complete the required COVID-19 Screening Questions on THE DAY that you are scheduled to appear in court by clicking here.

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 Some hearings are still being held remotely.  For a list of the week’s call-in and video information for each judicial division, please click here.

For the week of November 29th, please click here

Out-of-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings are being held in-person. In-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings continue to be held virtually.

For the week of November 29th, please click here

*Recording or live streaming of hearings is prohibited. Violation may constitute contempt of court and result in a fine of up to $500 and a jail term of up to 180 days.*

For Helpful Tips for Virtual Hearings, please click here.

For information on Emergency Rental Assistance and link to apply, please click here.

Criminal bench trials, select hearings to resume in-person July 19th

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will begin holding more in-person hearings starting July 19th.  Through an amended Order, the New Mexico Supreme Court recently gave courts the green light to expand in-person operations. 

Help Keep Courthouses Safe - Masks Required

Masks are required for all court visitors and staff regardless of vaccination status. Don’t have one? – just ask!

Metro Court welcomes the Honorable Joshua J. Sánchez

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court welcomes the Honorable Joshua J. Sánchez to Division IV after his recent appointment by Governor Lujan Grisham. Judge Sánchez will formally take the bench on Monday, March 15th.

FRAUD ALERT: Scammers reportedly using court information for chance at quick cash

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court wants to remind residents that the court will never call demanding cash in exchange for not being arrested.

Summoned for Jury Duty??

Watch this important video message from former Chief Judge Sandra Engel to learn more about what to expect as Metro Court resumes jury trials.

Monthly Legal Clinics Continue Virtually

The Metropolitan Court continues to host FREE monthly legal clinics the second Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Volunteer attorneys are available telephonically to provide free civil legal advice in the following areas of law: Landlord/Tenant, Consumer Rights, Trial Preparation, Employee Wage Claims, Debt/Bankruptcy and/or Discovery.

To register for a COVID-19 vaccine, please visit: https://cvvaccine.nmhealth.org/.

COVID-19 Information & Updates

I have a traffic ticket:

You have received a traffic citation.  Rather than coming to court on the date and time of your scheduled Traffic Arraignment, please call 1-346-248-7799 and use Webinar ID number: 925 4007 8987 and press #.  It will ask you for a participant ID, but press # instead to connect.  

When you call the number above on the date and time of your scheduled Traffic Arraignment, you will speak with a special prosecutor appointed by the Bernalillo County District Attorney who is available to discuss options in your case and negotiate a possible plea agreement with you. The special prosecutor is not a court employee and will only speak with you on the date and time set on your traffic citation(s).

I have a court hearing:

Some hearings are still being held remotely.  For a list of the week’s call-in and video information for each judicial division, please click here.

Out-of-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings are being held in-person. In-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings continue to be held virtually.

If you enconter any issues or have additional questions, please call our Customer Service Division at (505) 841-8151.  Updated case information can be found at: https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/.

I'm a juror:

ATTENTION JURORS:

Jury trials have resumed, however, you will NOT be reporting to the courthouse in-person on your first day of jury duty as originally instructed on your summons.  Instead,  jurors are to call our “Code-A-Phone” at 505-841-8158 each day between the hours of 9:45 a.m. and 10:15 a.m. through the end of their term.  Please have the group number listed on your summons with you when you call. 

In the event that a panel of jurors is selected and instructed to report to the courthouse, your report time will be no later than 11:00 a.m.

Your jury service is important, and we want to assure you that the court is continuing to adhere to COVID-19 Safe Practices.

If you have experienced  symptoms of COVID-19 such as; a fever, cough, shortness of breath, or have been diagnosed  with COVID-19 in the past 14 days, OR have been in contact with someone with the virus, or traveled outside of the United States within the past 10 days, please call the court’s Jury Division at 505-841-8141. 

A week before your jury term, you will receive an email from the Jury Division providing you with current juror reporting information. 

 If you need to provide the court with an email address, or if you have any questions, please call 505-841-8141.  

Thank you for your jury service.

I'm a witness:

Some hearings are still being held remotely.  For a list of the week’s call-in and video information for each judicial division, please click here.

Out-of-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings are being held in-person. In-custody Preliminary Examination Hearings continue to be held virtually.

If you enconter any issues or have additional questions, please call our Customer Service Division at (505) 841-8151.  Updated case information can be found at: https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/.

I'm on Probation/ Pretrial Supervision:

Please contact your probation officer as soon as possible to discuss options.

For general information, please call: (505) 841-8189.

For information regarding Felony Pretrial Supervision, please call: (505) 841-8248.

For contact information for the various requirements of the DWI First Offender Program at Metro Court, please click here

Online Filing & Faxing:

We’ve made it easier to conduct court business from home.

Metro Court is now accepting pleadings via email at: metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov or via fax at: (505) 222-4831.

This email and fax are only to be used to send Motions or other pleadings to the Court. This is not to be used for a direct email to the Judge. Copies of your pleading/motion need to be attached to the email, and you also need to send a copy to the opposing party or officer/prosecutor on your case. If you have an attorney, you may want to discuss your motion or pleading with your attorney before you email/fax the Court.

Please remember when emailing your motion/pleading to the court to include your name and case number in the subject line. The Court will inform you in writing if your motion/request has been approved, or you may call Customer Service at (505) 841-8151 to check on the status of your motion/request.

In addition to the four (4) forms below, there are additional forms available on our Self-Help Center page.

Click on the links below to either print the form of motion or to submit your motion electronically if you are requesting a:

Motion for Continuance;

Motion for Extension;

Request for Telephonic Hearing; and/or

Blank Motion

To complete the forms, you must have or install Adobe Acrobat on your computer or phone.   For help using Adobe Acrobat Reader to complete and email the forms from your phone, please see the instructional videos below for Android and iPhone devices:

https://youtu.be/bDITwIQdaw4 (iPhone)
https://youtu.be/Ot9KaiKM4J0 (Android)

Visit your app store to download Adobe Acrobat:

https://play.google.com/store/apps/details?id=com.adobe.reader&hl=en_US
https://apps.apple.com/us/app/adobe-acrobat-reader-for-pdf/id469337564

Online Schools & Services:

For information on court-ordered schools and services now available online, please call (505) 841-8151.

The full list is available here.

I need to pay court fines and fees:

Court fines and fees can be paid online at: https://publicaccess.nmcourts.gov/default.aspx.

You may also pay court fines and fees by mailing in a personal check, cashier’s check or money order to:

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
401 Lomas Blvd. NW
Albuquerque, NM 87102

*Checks should be made out to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, and please note your case number on the check.

For questions, please call: (505) 841-8151.

I’m requesting a court document:

If you would like to request a court document, please visit our Public Records Request Page at: https://metro.nmcourts.gov/bernalillo-county-metropolitan-court/public-records-request/

I need to serve a Notice of Appeal on the court monitor:

With the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Court realizes that it may present a challenge for the parties to serve the Metropolitan Court’s court monitor in appeals of record cases to the Court of Appeals. Therefore, the Metropolitan Court created an email group (metrappeals-grp@nmcourts.gov) that facilitates service of the Notice of Appeal only to the “court monitor or court reporter.” However, this email group does not replace the process of filing the Notice of Appeal or any other pleadings with the Metropolitan Court.  So please continue to file pleadings with a copy for the Judge as you would normally file pleadings. 

Transition Plan to Expand Current Court Operations (September 2020)