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New Mexico Courts – Coronavirus (COVID-19) Information

LATEST INFORMATION: COVID 19 – CORONAVIRUS

The New Mexico Judiciary is committed to keeping everyone safe in courthouses.  Screening questions are required for Jurors only. Physical distancing  a minimum of three feet is strictly enforced throughout the courthouse – including courtrooms and jury assembly areas. Masks are only required in courtrooms and jury assembly areas.

THE JUDICIARY'S EVICTION PREVENTION AND DIVERSION PROGRAM

 NM Courts Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program 

State courts will phase in an Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program statewide in April and in stages lifted a moratorium on evictions of people unable to pay their rent during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

The program helps tenants access money available through the state Department of Finance and Administration for unpaid rent and utilities, temporary housing at a motel or hotel, and the initial costs of moving into new permanent housing. The court-based also provides trained facilitators to assist landlords and tenants in negotiating a possible settlement of their rental disputes.

At the start of a hearing or trial in an eviction case, judges will advise the tenant and landlord about the Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program and the availability of federally funded emergency rental assistance administered by the state’s Department of Finance and Administration.

If the parties agree to participate in the program, the case will be put on hold for a minimum of 60 days while negotiations are underway with a court-appointed settlement facilitator. If needed, a court can grant up to 30 additional days for negotiations. The court will dismiss the case if a settlement is reached. The case will proceed if there is no settlement and a judge can issue an eviction order, known as a writ of restitution. If evicted, tenants may access rehousing assistance through the Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program.

NM Courts Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program Frequently Asked Questions

The Home Fund: Emergency Rental Assistance Program

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

Documents needed to apply for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program

Application for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in English

Application for the Emergency Rental Assistance Program in Spanish

Apply at nmhomefund.org/renters or call
1-833-485-1334

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.

*Update
Forms associated with the judiciary’s Eviction Prevention and Diversion Program are available in English, Spanish, Vietnamese, and Navajo at https://www.nmcourts.gov/self-help/forms/

I'M A JUROR - New COVID-19 screening questions for jurors as of 14 Oct 22

Jurors and visitors to all New Mexico Courts – We’re working to keep you safe – Learn more about how 

New as of October 14,2022! All Jurors are required to answer COVID-19 screening questions. Juror Screening Questions

Preguntas de Evaluacion para Jurados

Whether vaccinated or not, protective masks are still required in New Mexico courtrooms and jury assembly areas to help control the spread of COVID-19.

Courts will be prepared to provide masks to jurors who do not have one when they report for jury duty.

Court staff and judicial officers in appellate, district, magistrate, metropolitan, municipal and probate courts and the Administrative Office of the Courts also must wear two masks, one KN95 or one KF 94 mask when interacting with members of the public.

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

VISITING A COURTHOUSE? - MASK REQUIREMENTS

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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.

Video Instructions for Using Google Meet – Click Here               Standard Operating Procedures for Google Hangouts Meet

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:

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I'M A WITNESS

Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courtrooms and jury assembly areas.

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.  

I'M A LAWYER

Protective face coverings are required in New Mexico courtrooms and jury assembly areas. a

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.

Video Instructions for Using Google Meet – Click Here               Standard Operating Procedures for Google Hangouts Meet

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