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New Mexico Courts

Tribunales de Nuevo México

INFORMATION:  COVID 19 – CORONAVIRUS

Any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19. The requirement starts May 16, 2020 under an order by the state Supreme Court.



Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courthouses - Effective May 16, 2020 any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19. 

Courts will be prepared to provide masks to people without one when they need to enter a court facility.

Court staff and judicial officers in appellate, district, magistrate, metropolitan, municipal and probate courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts also must wear masks in the workplace.

“State health officials have made it abundantly clear that if each of us wears a mask in public we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura. “Our courts provide essential services to the public so we continue to take all steps necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of people who work in or need to visit a courthouse.”

For community safety, if you are sick please do not come to court.

Please notify the court of your inability to serve jury duty.  Generally, contact information is on the bottom of your summons. 

If you have been called for jury duty and have not yet been informed that your attendance is no longer required, please call or email the court that has called you for jury duty to determine whether your attendance is still necessary prior to traveling to the courthouse.  The numbers are below:

New Mexico Jury Public Contact Information: Click Here


 


Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courthouses - Effective May 16, 2020 any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19.

For community safety, if you are sick please do not come to court.

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If you need to file a pleading or other document in court, first contact the specific court for instruction.  The court may have a process for you to fax or email the pleading or document rather than filing in court.  The information is below by court:


Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courthouses - Effective May 16, 2020 any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19.

For community safety, if you are sick please do not come to court.

Before attending a court proceeding, please contact the lawyer or party who has asked you to testify to find out whether the hearing is happening by video/phone or in-person and whether your attendance is still required.  


Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courthouses - Effective May 16, 2020 any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19.

For community safety, if you are sick please do not come to court.

Now, courts are allowing lawyers to file by email or fax for case types that currently cannot be submitted electronically, see below for information by court. 

If you do not need a hearing immediately, please do not ask the court for one.  

If you have a hearing or trial in April or May of 2020 that has not been vacated, please communicate directly with the assigned judge to determine whether the hearing or trial will proceed and by what means (video/phone/in-person).  

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Eviction Stay Frequently Asked Questions

The state Supreme Court has paused evictions for New Mexicans who prove that they are unable to pay rent during the COVID-19 public health emergency.
 
If a landlord begins an eviction proceeding, the renter will receive a summons that notifies them of the lawsuit and explains that they can participate in a hearing before a judge. Court hearings are conducted by video or telephone during the public health emergency, unless the parties ask to appear in person. To stop an eviction, renters must participate in the hearing and provide the judge with evidence of their current inability to pay their rent. 

The summons you receive from the court will give you directions about how to participate in the hearing.

If you would like assistance with your eviction proceeding please contact:
New Mexico Legal Aid - 1-833-LGL-HELP (1-833-545-4357).

Senior Citizens Law Office - (505) 265-2300 (Serves residents of Bernalillo, Sandoval, Valencia and Torrance counties who are 60 or older).

Legal Resources for the Elderly Program, 800-876-6657 statewide; 505-797-6005 in Albuquerque, (Statewide free legal helpline for NM residents 55 and older.)  

*Update

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court offers a free mediation program for people involved in active landlord-tenant cases in that court. The program began May 11th. A trained facilitator works with landlords and tenants to try to develop a business agreement beneficial to both sides. Click here for more details. People wishing to participate in the Landlord-Tenant Settlement Program should contact the Metro Court’s Mediation Division at (505) 841-8167.