Have you been contacted by a person claiming to be a court employee who states that you are not in compliance with an order of the court because you missed a court date or did not pay? Keep yourself safe from cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) who demand payment!  Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call should hang up and verify the status of their case using the NMCourts Case Lookup tool.  You can also contact the court directly or call court customer service at: 855-268-7804.  Remember: you can always see a Judge to address your outstanding issues.

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The Mission of the New Mexico Judiciary is to protect the rights and liberties of the people of New Mexico guaranteed by the Constitution and laws of the State of New Mexico and the United States; to resolve legal disputes fairly; and to ensure access to justice for all.

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You may be eligible for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program that pays current or past due residential rent and utilities.

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Case Lookup Mobile App

A free mobile app provides convenient access to information about civil and criminal court cases, including scheduled hearings.

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The Self-Help Guide

The complete New Mexico District Court Self-Help Guide provides general information about how to represent yourself in court, a resource guide with a list of legal services and referral programs available throughout New Mexico, and individual chapters.

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About the Courts

The Supreme Court consists of 5 Justices and is located in Santa Fe. This is the court of last resort and has superintending control over all inferior courts and attorneys licensed in the state.

This court has mandatory appellate jurisdiction over: criminal matters in which the sentence imposed is life in prison or the death penalty, appeals from the Public Regulation Commission, appeals from the granting of writs of habeas corpus, appeals in actions challenging nominations, and removal of public officials.

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Adult Guardianship

State law and court rules impose new requirements in guardianship and conservatorship cases beginning on July 1, 2018. New forms must be used by guardians and conservators when submitting a report, inventory, and proof of bonding. The new law and rules also affect who must be given notice, access to court records and hearings throughout a case.

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The court system of New Mexico provides many programs and services to assist with various legal matters. Please select from the options below to see what best suits your needs.

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Restrained Party’s Statement of Firearm Possession

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Declaration of Non-Relinquishment

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Meet Your Justices

The New Mexico Supreme Court is the State’s highest court and final court of review (court of last resort). In addition to reviewing decisions of lower courts, the Supreme Court, as the head of the Judicial Branch of Government, has general administrative and supervisory authority over all State courts and attorney regulation. The Court has authority to discipline attorneys and judges for professional misconduct and unethical behavior.

The Supreme Court has jurisdiction to hear direct appeals in criminal cases in which the trial court imposed a life sentence or the death penalty or granted a petition for writ of habeas corpus, in all cases from the Public Regulation Commission, and election challenges. In its discretion, the Court may issue writs of certiorari, mandamus, prohibition, and superintending control. After a case is accepted by the Court, the parties submit written briefs that put forth the legal arguments and citations of authority to support those arguments. The records, proceedings, and exhibits from the trial court are reviewed at the same time as the briefs. Some cases are submitted to the Court on oral argument and some are submitted only on the briefs.

The work of authoring opinions is divided evenly and randomly among the five Justices. After a case is submitted to the Court, the Court first discusses the case before the assigned author drafts an opinion that will be circulated among the other Justices. Adoption of an opinion, decision, or order requires the votes of three members of the Court. In certain cases, a member of the Court may decide to file a specially concurring opinion or a dissenting opinion. It is the majority opinion of the Court, however, that determines the law of the case.