Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court
The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court welcomes media coverage.
However, cameras are not allowed inside of the courthouse or in courtrooms without the permission of the court or judge. Please call Public Information Officer Camille Baca at 505-841-9897 for camera clearance at least 24 hours in advance, or as soon as practicable. Courthouse security will not allow cameras or other audio or video recorders in the building without prior clearance. The court follows the guidelines laid out in New Mexico Supreme Court Rule 23-107 regarding the recording of court proceedings. These guidelines are designed to ensure the dignity of the proceedings and to guarantee a fair and impartial hearing.
Interviews are not allowed inside of the courtrooms. Reporters or camera crews conducting interviews in the hallways or other courthouse areas will be expected to do so courteously, not disturbing other courtroom operations, employees or visitors. If a party declines an interview, they are not to be pursued while in the courthouse or on court property. Photographers and videographers are expressly prohibited from taking photos/video of jurors or prospective jurors.
Members of the media are permitted to bring cell phones into the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court upon presentation of media credentials to court security. Cell phones are to be used for communication purposes only. Cell phone cameras are not to be used at any time within the courthouse. Cell phones are to be put in silent-mode upon entering any courtroom. Social media use of any kind is not permitted inside of the courtroom unless prior permission has been granted by the judge.
Filming in the court’s exterior courtyard is permitted, so long as it does not impede the public or court staff.
For specific information about media access to the court, court records and hearings, or interviews, please contact Camille Baca at 505-841-9897.