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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Tribunal Metropolitano del Condado de Bernalillo

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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.

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is located on the northwest corner of 4th St. and Lomas Blvd. NW in Albuquerque's Courthouse District. Metro Court is the courthouse with the scales of justice sculpture in the front plaza. The courthouse is open from 7:30 a.m.-5 p.m., Monday through Friday.

Weapons of any kind, pepper sprays, cell phones, electronic recording devices and camera-capable devices are not allowed in the courthouse.

Please explore our website for additional information about the court, forms or employment opportunities.

Judge Edward L. Benavidez named Chief Judge of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has elected a new Chief Judge, the Honorable Edward L. Benavidez and a new Presiding Criminal Court Judge, the Honorable Vidalia G. Chavez. Both Judge Benavidez and Judge Chavez began their roles on May 1, 2017. Judge Benavidez succeeds Judge Henry Alaniz who has served as Chief since 2014. The Honorable Frank A. Sedillo will continue as the presiding judge over the Civil Court Division. Judge Benavidez was elected to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court in 2008. Judge Benavidez is from Grant County, New Mexico, graduating from Cobre High School in 1980. Judge Benavidez received his undergraduate degree in Government from New Mexico State University in 1985 and his law degree from the Thomas M. Cooley Law School, Lansing, MI in 1990. His prior work experience includes 11 years in private practice, service as an assistant public defender and an assistant district attorney. He has served on the New Mexico Supreme Court Committee for the Improvement of Jury Service and currently serves on the Chief Judges Council, NM State Judiciary Budget Committee, the Judicial Information Systems Council and the Bernalillo County Criminal Justice Coordinating Committee. He is the presiding Judge for the Metropolitan Court’s DWI Recovery Court Program. Judge Chavez is a New Mexico attorney, born and raised in Albuquerque, and a 2006 graduate of the University Of New Mexico School Of Law. She was a Supreme Court appointee to the Metropolitan Court Rules Committee, and a member of the committee that established the DWI Court Program for the Second Judicial District Court. Judge Chavez was elected to the Metropolitan Court in 2014 and serves as the Presiding Judge for the Behavioral Health DWI Court.

Metro Court Receives Clean Audit for 8th Consecutive Year!

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For an ​eighth ​consecutive year, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has received an unmodified opinion for its external financial audit that resulted with no findings. The annual audit, conducted by ​Ricci & Company​ LL​C​, extensively reviewed financial transactions, budget, purchasing compliance, travel, bond processing, grant awards, information technology policies, fixed assets, reconciliations, statutory compliance, internal controls, and payroll processing. ​Ricci & Company, LLC conducted ​​t​hree weeks of on-site testing along with continuous communication in the interim. Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Chief Judge Henry A. Alaniz made the announcement, praising the court's multiple divisions that continue to maintain a high standard in their daily work. The audit is led by the Finance Division with assistance from Customer Service, Civil Division, Information Technology, Office of the General Counsel, Background Investigations, and Human Resources. "This is an extraordinary accomplishment for our Court, especially for an organization our size," said Chief Judge Alaniz. For a link to the audit, click here.​

Metro Court’s Renee Valdez named Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year

At a reception honoring attorneys, Judges, legal service providers, and others who have volunteered and supported pro bono legal services in the Second Judicial District, Metro Court's own Renee Valdez received the distinguished "Pro Bono Volunteer of the Year" award. The award was presented to Renee by the Honorable C. Shannon Bacon and the Honorable Alan Malott. Renee has represented Metro Court and served on the Second Judicial District Pro Bono Committee since its inception in 2007. Renee works as the lead paralegal in Metro Court’s Self-Help Center.

682 Bench Warrants Addressed at Safe Surrender Event

Metro Court’s Safe Surrender event in October was a great success! 682 active bench warrants were addressed, and $1,433 was collected. “This exceeded the numbers we expected to see. We were able to close a number of cases and also bring many folks back into the system. Those who came in were able to leave with peace of mind,” said Chief Judge Henry A. Alaniz. Individuals with outstanding bench warrants were able to see a Judge outside of the courthouse setting and receive favorable consideration in exchange for coming in to address the warrant. Nine Metro Court Judges and 53 Metro Court staff members took part in the event, along with one Magistrate Court Judge and five Magistrate staff members. “With the success of this first program, we will look to hold other Safe Surrender events in the future,” said Alaniz. “The event would not have been possible without the help of various criminal justice partners, the Barelas Community Center, and dedicated Metro Court staff.” Those still seeking information regarding an active bench warrant, can call Metro Court’s Customer Service Division at (505) 841-8151.

Metro Court’s Mediation Division Honored with 2016 Excellence in Alternative Dispute Resolution Award

The Metropolitan Court’s Mediation Division was honored for its 30 years of public service at a celebration held October 13th. Susan Barnes-Anderson, Mediation Division program director, accepted the 2016 Excellence in ADR Award on behalf of the program in recognition of an outstanding, innovative and leading dispute resolution program and for outstanding service to the Judiciary and the citizens of New Mexico. Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) encompasses a wide variety of methods that are used to resolve conflicts between people. Mediation, settlement facilitation and arbitration are common forms of ADR offered by courts as less expensive and quicker alternatives for folks who wish to avoid a full court process. Mediation provides an opportunity for individuals who are in a dispute to discuss concerns and to design a mutually satisfying resolution to some or all of the issues with the help of a trained professional. The event also honored the hundreds of past and current professional trained mediators who offer their services on a ‘pro bono’ (free of charge) basis.

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Padilla Named Chair of New Mexico Court Executive Officers' Council

Robert L. Padilla, CEO of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, was recently appointed Chair of the New Mexico Court Executive Officers' Council. The Council assists the NM Supreme Court with the Court's mission, vision, and goals; ensures the effective and efficient management of public resources; promotes equal access to justice; and establishes consistency among New Mexico courts. Mr. Padilla, an Albuquerque native, has been with the Metropolitan Court for 25 years and has served as its CEO for the past three years. Padilla will serve as Chair for the next two years.

Metro Court’s Self-Help Division a Staple at Popular Law-La-Palooza

Dozens made their way to Wells Park Community Center in May for the popular Law-La-Palooza. The free legal fair is designed to give low-income individuals a chance to consult with a lawyer for about 30 minutes regarding any one of a number of topics such as; domestic relations, housing, foreclosure, bankruptcy, public benefits, immigration, etc. Learn More

Metro Court’s Protection Unit Honored as APD’s Team of the Month for May!

Metro Court’s Protection Unit Honored as APD’s Team of the Month for May!
On May 12th, Metro Court’s APD Protection Unit was honored as Albuquerque Police Department’s Team of the Month. Four of the Unit’s seven officers attended the ceremony held at APD Main, along with the Court’s Chief Judge Henry Alaniz, CEO Robert Padilla and DCEO Jonathan Ash. The Unit’s remaining three officers remained back at the Court “holding down the fort” - a job they all take seriously and with great humility. Learn More