Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
Most hearings still happening remotely in Metro Court
As COVID-19 restrictions ease, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court would like to remind residents that most hearings are still being conducted remotely, and the majority of court business can be done online or over the phone.
“We are thrilled that numbers are down and things are looking up, but the pandemic is not over,” said Chief Judge Maria I. Dominguez. “Nearly four-thousand people used to walk through our doors each day pre-pandemic, and that’s clearly not something we can do safely right now.”
The court quickly shifted to virtual hearings at the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic and has continued to effectively conduct court settings via Zoom more than a year later. In-person hearings must be approved by Chief Judge Dominguez if situations arise where there is a possible language barrier, possible competency issue or other extenuating circumstances.
The court posts the Zoom information for each judge’s courtroom on the homepage of its website, and parties are mailed a notice of virtual hearing where information to join by video or phone is listed as well.
“If you’re unsure about whether or not you need to physically show up, please call the court at (505) 841-8151. We have a wonderful team that will be happy to assist,” added Chief Judge Dominguez.
Those who show up to the courthouse unnecessarily and without an electronic device are directed to a neighboring building where the court has set up and maintains socially distanced computers for anyone needing to connect quickly to a virtual courtroom.
The court continues to offer remote options for Court-ordered schools and other sentencing requirements. Court costs and fees can also be paid online or by mail.