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Mask Requirements:

Masks are no longer required to enter the courthouse. However, masks must be worn while appearing in a courtroom or the jury assembly area.


Virtual Court:

To access the Virtual Hearing Links, please click here.


Metro Court Judges to perform virtual Valentine’s Day weddings

As a long-standing tradition, the Judges of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will perform Valentine’s Day weddings for the public for a 23rd year. The weddings will take place over Zoom.

Metropolitan Court Judges take the oath of office

Eleven Metropolitan Court Judges renewed their oaths of office on January 3, 2023 after being retained or securing their seats in partisan races in the November General Election.

Metro Court’s Free Civil Legal Clinics continue throughout 2023

The Metropolitan Court will continue to host its free monthly civil legal clinics throughout 2023. 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. 

Shonnetta R. Estrada Sworn In as Metropolitan Court Judge

Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham has appointed Shonnetta R. Estrada to Division XI of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, after recommendation from the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Criminal Court Nominating Commission. She succeeds Judge Sandra Engel, who retired in September.

Metro Court discusses law enforcement's crucial role on Specialty Court Teams with APD Cadets

The Metropolitan Court began regularly meeting with APD Cadets in late 2022 to discuss law enforcement’s important role on Specialty Court teams.

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 the New Mexico Judiciary on how the courts remain committed to keeping courthouses safe as we manage COVID-19 in 2022. 

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. 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.

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 service.  Jurors are to call our Jury Message Phone Line 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 sequence number that is 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 5 days, OR have been in contact with someone with the virus, or traveled outside of the United States within the past 7 days, please call the court’s Jury Division at 505-841-8141.

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

 If you need to provide the court with an email address/text number, or if you 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 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; provided, however, that 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 a glass container.

Thank you for your jury service.

I'm a witness:

Some hearings are still being held remotely. 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.

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.

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://publicaccess.nmcourts.gov/default.aspx.

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. 

Metropolitan Court COVID-19 Operations Plan (March 2022)