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To access the Virtual Hearing Links, please click here.


Civil Bench Trials Now In-Person

Starting Monday, February 19, 2024, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court resumed conducting civil bench trials in person, as the court transitions away from COVID-19 pandemic-related restrictions that have been in place since 2020.

In-person Valentine’s Day weddings return after three years

The Metropolitan Court is pleased to announce the return of in-person Valentine’s Day weddings after conducting the holiday nuptials virtually since 2021.

Behavioral Health Court Celebrates 20 Years

In November, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court commemorated the 20th anniversary of its Behavioral Health Court, a treatment court that works to increase public safety and the quality of life for people with a mental health diagnosis charged with a crime by reducing criminogenic behavior and providing lifelong stability.

Metro Court’s Free Civil Legal Clinics continue throughout 2024

The Metropolitan Court will continue to host its free monthly civil legal clinics throughout 2024. Volunteer attorneys will be available each month by phone to provide free legal advice in the following areas: Landlord/Tenant Matters, Consumer Rights, Contract Disputes, Employee Wage Claims, and Consumer Debt. The clinics are held on the second Friday of each month from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

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.

Metro Court Quick Guide: 

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:

Certain hearings are being held over Zoom and some are being held in-person. Please contact your attorney or refer to your Notice of Hearing for each hearing to determine if you should appear virtually or in-person. Per Supreme Court Order No. 22-8500-018, appearances by phone are only allowed if the presiding judge has found “compelling circumstances” that the person is unable to appear by video. To access the Virtual Hearing Links, please click here.

Computers are available at the courthouse for those who do not have access to an electronic device.

If you encounter 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:

Jurors are to call our Jury Message Phone Line at 505-841-8158 each afternoon Sunday through Thursday (Days may vary during Holiday weeks, refer to “Current Juror Reporting Instructions” for further details), any time after 3:30 p.m. for next day reporting instructions.  Jurors should have the sequence number that is listed on the summons when calling in. 

In the event that a panel of jurors is selected and instructed to report to the courthouse, the report time will be no later than 8:45 a.m.

A week before the jury term, jurors will receive an e-notification from the Jury Division providing current juror reporting information.

 If jurors need to provide the court with an email address/text number, or did not receive the court’s communication in this timeframe, or have any other questions, please call 505-841-8141.

 If instructed to report in-person, jurors may NOT bring the following into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse: electronics (except as allowed below), cameras, glass containers, or weapons of any kind including, but not limited to, guns, knives, pepper spray, metal nail files, razor blades, or metal eating utensils. Jurors MAY bring cell phones, computers, and tablets; however, Jurors may NOT use those devices to take photos or record while in the Courthouse. Jurors are permitted to bring in food or drink as long as it is not in a glass container.

Jurors are encouraged to bring snacks, lunch, and/or refreshments (coffee, juice, sodas) with them that they may want or need during their time at the courthouse.  They will have access to a refrigerator and/or a microwave.  Please plan accordingly as time may be limited depending on the court proceedings.  Complimentary bottled water will be provided.

Thank you for your jury service.

I'm a witness:

Certain hearings are being held over Zoom and some are being held in-person. Please contact your attorney or refer to the Notice of Hearing for each hearing to determine if you should appear virtually or in-person. Per Supreme Court Order No. 22-8500-018, appearances by phone are only allowed if the presiding judge has found “compelling circumstances” that the person is unable to appear by video. To access the Virtual Hearing Links, please click here.

Computers are available at the courthouse for those who do not have access to an electronic device.

If you encounter 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) 841-8133.

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.

For criminal cases including traffic citations, please email: metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov or send via fax at: (505) 222-4831.

For civil cases, please email: metrocivilpleadings@nmcourts.gov or send 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.

If you would like to use one of the Motions below, click on the links and either print the form or motion or fill it out online and follow the instructions below.

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://finesandfees.nmcourts.gov.

Court fines and fees can also be paid in-person via personal check, cashier’s check, money order, or by credit card (Visa, Mastercard & Discover only, and credit card payments are accepted from 8:00 a.m to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday). Please note that a 2.4% fee does apply to credit card payments.

You may also pay 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.