Updated 08/03/2021

COVID-19 Information & Updates 

COVID-19 Information & Updates

Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has been closely monitoring the evolving situation to maintain a safe and healthy environment for all court visitors and staff and ensure ongoing access to justice.

The court expanded in-person operations on July 19, 2021, with the following types of criminal proceedings being held in-person, unless otherwise ordered by the trial Judge in consultation with Chief Judge Dominguez:

· Bench trials, including traffic bench trials, which are held by a judge without a jury.

· Plea and sentencing hearings.

· Hearings to determine whether a defendant is competent to stand trial.

· Preliminary hearings, which determine whether there is probable cause for a felony criminal prosecution to move forward in the District Court.

· Probation revocation hearings for defendants who are not in custody but when jail time is requested.

Civil bench trials may be held in-person at the discretion of Chief Judge Dominguez.

All other criminal and civil proceedings will continue to be held remotely (by phone or by audio-visual), including traffic arraignments, unless otherwise ordered by the trial Judge in consultation with Chief Judge Dominguez.

The court resumed in-person criminal and civil jury trials in February of 2021 after a brief pause.

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

The court is also screening all visitors and staff before they enter the courthouse.  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, you will not be allowed inside of the courthouse.  Please call (505) 841-8151 for options. 

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

For more information on court-ordered schools and services available online, please call (505) 841-8151. The full list can also be accessed here.   


 

COVID-19 Information & Updates