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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Tribunal Metropolitano del Condado de Bernalillo

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Effective Monday, January 7, 2019, Judge Vidalia Chavez will be assigned to courtroom 700, Judge Jill M. Martinez will be assigned to courtroom 360, Division X will be assigned to courtoom 720 and Division XV will be assigned to courtroom 340.

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

The Honorable Sandra Engel named Chief Judge of the Metropolitan Court

The judges of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court have elected a new Chief Judge, the Honorable Sandra Engel, to head the state’s busiest court. Judge Engel will succeed Judge Edward L. Benavidez who has served as Chief Judge of the court since 2017. Judge Engel’s term will begin on January 1, 2019.Read More

Specialty Courts Awarded $2 Million Grant

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has been awarded a new five-year, nearly $2 million grant from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) to enhance seven of its Specialty Court Programs. The grant will allow the court to offer recovery support services and recovery housing to specialty court participants for the first time. Read 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. Read 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.Read 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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