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Scribing services overview
The New Mexico Administrative Office of the Courts is committed to ensuring equal access to and full participation in court programs, court services, and court activities for qualified individuals with disabilities, including attorneys, litigants, defendants, probationers, witnesses, victims, potential jurors, and public observers of court proceedings. We are committed in providing assistance to court users who need help understanding and navigating court processes, which can be unfamiliar, particularly to those who are self-represented or who may have limited English proficiency or low literacy skills. As part of our accessibility efforts, the New Mexico courts are able to provide scribing services to those self-represented qualified individuals who are unable to fill out court forms in order to advance their cases in court.
The Scribing process assists people who are unable to read or complete court forms because they have low literacy, a limited ability to read or write in English, or a disability that prevents them from independently filling out a form. Trained court employees or volunteers read the form aloud, write down a person’s answers and read the answers back to the individual. The person then receives a completed form, which can be submitted to the court. The scribes cannot give legal advice.
If you need assistance filling out court forms, please contact your nearest court and schedule an appointment to receive help with scribing. Scribing services are available upon request to qualified individuals.