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e-Filing Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

e-Filing NOW AVAILABLE for Civil Cases at the Metropolitan Court 

e-Filing is now available for attorneys in civil cases in the Metropolitan Court for both initial and subsequent filings.  It will become mandatory for attorneys on October 15, 2020 

Attorneys must add themselves as a Service Contact to each case in which they are counsel of record before October 15, 2020 in order to receive eFiled documents from the Court.

If you already have a File & Serve account, you can use your existing account

New to File & Serve?

If you are new to the File and Serve system, please go to Getting Started in File and Serve and follow the instructions.

Already Registered? 

If you’re already registered and have a File & Serve account, continue to use your current account.

Attorney Access to New Mexico File & Serve 

Quick Reference Guide for Attorneys Using HTML 5

Proposed Text Documents

For Attorneys: Proposed Text documents are documents that need to be reviewed and signed by the judge.  In the Metropolitan Court, proposed documents must be identified by a party’s attorney as “proposed,” and they must be filed by the party’s attorney through File & Serve. Proposed Text documents are not to be sent directly to the Judge or emailed to the Metropolitan Court from an attorney. 

 For Self-Represented Litigants:  Proposed Text documents can be filed in person, mailed to the Customer Service Division, or emailed to metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov.        

 The Court: Any proposed document that is adopted or modified, and signed by the Judge will be electronically filed by the Metropolitan Court and served on the parties as required by the Rules of Civil Procedure or mailed to any self-represented litigant.

Application for Free Process should be filed by the party’s attorney through File & Serve. If you are not an attorney, nor do you have an attorney you may submit your Application for Free Process in person, mailed to the Customer Service division, or emailed to metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov.        

Metropolitan Court – Civil Cases with No Filing Fees Charged:

Applications for Free Process – Rule 4-222 NMRA

For Attorneys: To submit an Application for Free Process and proposed Order for Free Process to the Metropolitan Court using the electronic filing system File & Serve, submit the following documents using your waiver account:

  1. Application for free process using filing code: free process
  2. Order on application for free process using filing code: proposed order

 If the Application for Free Process has been approved, when the attorney starts a new case in File and Serve, the attorney should include the approval of the free process that the attorney has received from the Court and should select “waiver” as the “payment account” option.

** Wage Claims – There is no filing fee for wage claims brought under NMSA 1978, § 50-4-26(E), and the attorney would select “waiver” as the “payment account” option in File and Serve.

 For Self-Represented Litigants: Applications for Free Process must be notarized. You may submit your Application for Free Process in person at the court, where a Customer Service employee may notarize your document free of charge, you may mail in your completed Application for Free Process with a copy of your proposed Civil Complaint, or you may email your Application for Free Process with your proposed Civil Complaint to metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov. The Court will notify the self-represented litigant via telephone call if the application for free process has been approved.

 **Wage Claims – There is no filing fee for wage claims brought under NMSA 1978, § 50-4-26(E), there is a box to check on the Application for Free Process if you are a Self-Represented Litigant filing a Civil Complaint for wage claims.

Training Resources for Civil e-Filing at the Metropolitan Court:

  • Initial and Subsequent Filing of Civil Cases at Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court  Video  Slide Deck
  • Adding Multiple Filings per Case  Handout
  • PDF restrictions  Handout
  • Add Yourself as a Service Contact to your Pending cases  Video  Slide Deck   Handout 
  • Process for Submitting Proposed Documents and Free Process Applications  Video  Slide Deck  Handout