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Members of the Press:

Thank you for your interest in the Second Judicial District Court in Albuquerque, New Mexico.  Below are rules and guidelines to follow for coverage of SJDC proceedings.  If you have any questions or concerns, please contact SJDC Administration at (505) 841-7525.




Second Judicial District Court Broadcast/Photo Media Policy

The Second Judicial District Court welcomes and supports media coverage of proceedings in the Courthouse.

Rule 23-107 NMRA authorizes the broadcasting, televising, photographing, and recording of court proceedings.  The Rule gives judges the discretionary authority to promote decorum, to prevent distractions and to ensure the fair administration of justice.  Reasonable safeguards ensure that this coverage does not detract from the dignity of the proceedings or otherwise interfere with a fair and impartial hearing. Consistent with Rule 23-107 NMRA, and the Court’s inherent authority to ensure the safety and security of court employees and the public, the Second Judicial District Court is establishing reasonable safeguards for broadcasting, televising, photographing, and recording in all areas within the Courthouse.

Members of the media seeking to broadcast, televise, photograph or record within the Second Judicial District Courthouse must notify Court Administration at 505-841-7425 either twenty-four (24) hours, or as soon as practicable, in advance of coverage.  Court Administration will coordinate the request with the judge and other court personnel. Court Security will not allow broadcasting, televising, photographing and recording devices into the courthouse without prior notice.  It is the responsibility of Court personnel to ensure the safety of court employees and the public and to make sure that the public access ways remain unimpeded.

For specific information about court records and hearings, or interviews with the Court, please contact SJDC Administration at (505) 841-7425.

Thank you.

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