Have you been contacted by a person claiming to be a court employee who states that you are not in compliance with an order of the court because you missed a court date or did not pay? Keep yourself safe from cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) who demand payment!  Anyone who receives a suspicious phone call should hang up and verify the status of their case using the NMCourts Case Lookup tool.  You can also contact the court directly or call court customer service at: 855-268-7804.  Remember: you can always see a Judge to address your outstanding issues.

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A hearing on the Motion to Disqualify Special Prosecutor Andrea Reeb will be held virtually at 10 a.m. on Monday, March 27, 2023 . The hearing will be live streamed to the  NM Courts YouTube channel and will be not be archived.  To view the motion filed, click here.

The plea conference in State v. David Halls on March 29 will be conducted virtually rather than in person at the Santa Fe County Courthouse. The parties will log into an online platform for the plea conference, which is set for 10 a.m. The defendant and his attorney will not be physically present at the courthouse.  The plea conference will be live streamed to the New Mexico Courts YouTube channel.  Click here to view the motion filed by Mr. Halls for a virtual appearance at the plea hearing and the district court judge’s order approving it. The case is D-101-CR-2023-00041.

An in-person preliminary hearing in State v. Alexander Rae Baldwin and State v. Hannah Gutierrez will begin Wednesday, May 3, 2023 at 8:30 a.m. in First Judicial District Court, 225 Montezuma Ave., Santa Fe, NM 87501.  The hearing is scheduled through Wednesday, May 17th.  Click here to read the Notice of Hearing.


A newly launched telephone service offers free legal assistance on civil matters to moderate income New Mexicans.

The Modest Means Helpline is the collaborative effort of the New Mexico Access to Justice Commission, the Administrative Office of the Courts and the State Bar of New Mexico and the State Bar Foundation. It operates from 8 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. Monday through Friday. The Helpline can be reached at 505-797-6013 or 888-857-9935.

Two staff attorneys provide legal advice over the telephone and when more extensive legal assistance is required the Helpline can refer people to private attorneys across the state who have volunteered to provide free legal services to individuals in need.

New Mexicans with incomes from 200 percent to 500 percent of the federal poverty level may qualify for legal assistance through the Helpline. The program also serves individuals who cannot be assisted by the New Mexico Legal Aid Volunteer Attorney Program because of a conflict of interest.

People who are ages 55 and older needing legal assistance should call the State Bar Foundation’s Legal Resources for the Elderly Program (505-707-6005 or 800-876-6657) rather than the Modest Means Helpline. The decades-old program has no income restrictions, and is a joint project of the Bar Foundation and the New Mexico Aging and Long-Term Services Department.

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