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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

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Court Closure Notification: All Offices & Divisions of the Metropolitan Court will be closed on Monday, October 8, 2018 in observance of Columbus Day. 

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

Specialty Courts host 1st Annual Fun Dog Show to promote experiential therapy and to bring awareness to programs

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Specialty Court Programs are hosting a first-annual Fun Dog Show and Resource Day to promote experiential therapy and to bring awareness to the court’s 11 Specialty Courts. The event is open to the public, specialty court participants, court staff, and justice partners. The idea was inspired by a current DWI Recovery Court participant who credits much of his sobriety to caring for, training, and professionally showing dogs across the country - a hobby he says he likely would not have embraced had he still been drinking. 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

Metro Court Opens June Veterans’ Resource Day to all Service Members

When word got out that Metro Court’s Community Veterans Court (C.V.C.) was opening its June Veterans’ Resource Day to servicemen and women across the county, calls from service providers hoping to attend the event came pouring in! In fact, a record thirty-six agencies showed up for the first-ever Resource Day that was open to veterans outside of the C.V.C. program. “The outpouring from people who wanted to help veterans in our community was amazing,” said C.V.C. Program Judge Sandra Engel. Learn More

Initiative to Reduce Failure-to-Appear Rate Showing Positive Results

The failure-to-appear rate for those who opted in to Metro Court’s courtesy Text Reminder Service has been cut by more than half since the court began the initiative a little more than a year ago. From the implementation of the service on April 18, 2017 to April 18, 2018, of the 8,681 hearings in which the text reminders were sent, only 493 of those hearings resulted in a failure-to-appear, producing a 5.7 percent failure-to-appear rate. Learn More

Judge Sharon D. Walton honored with prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Sharon D. Walton was recognized by the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association with the prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award at a reception on Thursday, May 10th for her lifetime work of supporting women in the legal field. Ms. Pettijohn was the first woman to be admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court in the Territory of New Mexico. Learn More

Metro Court’s DWI Recovery Court seeing less repeat offenders

New numbers show a local program aimed at fighting back against repeat DWI offenders is seeing a lot of success. Formerly known as Drug Court, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court “DWI Recovery Court Program” is changing the lives of many. That includes one Albuquerque woman, whose life has been a roller coaster of relapsing. 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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