Courtroom Support is one of the largest divisions of the Court, consisting of courtroom clerks, courtroom monitors and jury staff.
Courtroom clerks are responsible for the efficient and professional operation of the Court’s 21 courtrooms. Staff prepares and organizes dockets, checks-in parties, researches case history, updates the case management system with Judges’ orders and ensures that all parties, including the jail, receive proper paperwork and instruction. The courtroom is a fast-paced environment, where the clerks must be able to multi-task and be detail oriented.
Courtroom Monitors ensure that record cases (DWI & DV) are tagged and recorded. They also are tasked with preparing CDs of hearings when requested.
The Jury Division ensures that all jurors reporting for jury duty at the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court have reviewed the jury orientation instructions and paperwork is filled out accurately and completely. Staff reviews juror questionnaires for completion and also reviews juror’s requests for service to be excused or delayed. Staff makes sure sufficient amount of jurors are scheduled daily jury trials. Staff also escorts jury panels to the courtrooms and assists courtroom clerks with Voir Dire.
The Appeals desk is responsible for maintaining cases that are appealed through District Court, the New Mexico Court of Appeals and the New Mexico Supreme Court. Staff ensures that the Record Proper is done correctly and walked over to District Court. When Appeals are remanded back to Metro Court, staff is responsible for routing file and memo to the appropriate Judge for review. When necessary, staff must re-docket all of the necessary components of the original sentence and forward parties the appropriate paperwork.