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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

Tribunal Metropolitano del Condado de Bernalillo

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Court Closure Notice:

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court will be closed from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Friday, August 24th for the court's annual Employee Conference. Misdemeanor Custody Arraignments will commence at 8:30 a.m. and will be immediately followed by Felony First Appearances. Traffic Arraignments and Preliminary Hearings will not be held that day. The outside Bonding Window will be open from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. for the filing of emergency motions and for posting bonds.

Felony Pretrial Supervision has moved!

Effective Monday, July 9, 2018, Metro Court's Felony Pretrial Supervision Office will be located at 401 Roma Ave. NW on the 2nd floor.  

Welcome to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court.

Our website has been designed to provide you with information about court services and procedures. For questions regarding traffic citations, court hearings, payments, self-help, or other court-related matters, please visit the various links or call 505-841-8151 for Customer Service.Learn More

Initiative to Reduce Failure-to-Appear Rate Showing Positive Results

The failure-to-appear rate for those who opted in to Metro Court’s courtesy Text Reminder Service has been cut by more than half since the court began the initiative a little more than a year ago. From the implementation of the service on April 18, 2017 to April 18, 2018, of the 8,681 hearings in which the text reminders were sent, only 493 of those hearings resulted in a failure-to-appear, producing a 5.7 percent failure-to-appear rate. Learn More

Judge Sharon D. Walton honored with prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court Judge Sharon D. Walton was recognized by the New Mexico Women’s Bar Association with the prestigious Henrietta Pettijohn Award at a reception on Thursday, May 10th for her lifetime work of supporting women in the legal field. Ms. Pettijohn was the first woman to be admitted to the Bar of the Supreme Court in the Territory of New Mexico. Learn More

Metro Court’s DWI Recovery Court seeing less repeat offenders

New numbers show a local program aimed at fighting back against repeat DWI offenders is seeing a lot of success. Formerly known as Drug Court, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court “DWI Recovery Court Program” is changing the lives of many. That includes one Albuquerque woman, whose life has been a roller coaster of relapsing. Learn More

Metro Court Hosts Regional Mock Trial Competition

Hundreds of high school students from across the state descended upon the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse in mid-February for one of the state’s most highly-regarded mock trial competitions – the Gene Franchini High School Mock Trial Qualifiers. Twenty-seven teams of aspiring attorneys competed for a chance to move on to the State Finals in March. The eight teams moving on are: Volcano Vista Platinum & Black, Albuquerque Academy Black and Red, Atrisco Heritage Academy Blue, Pojoaque Black, and Albuquerque High Green and White. One of these teams will then go on to represent New Mexico at the National Competition in Reno, Nevada in May.Learn More

Metro Court becomes ‘Wedding Central’

After Marc Machon proposed at Christmas dinner, he and his fiancée, Maureen, started planning a big, early-summer wedding. “It just got complicated,” Maureen said, sitting in the hallways of the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Courthouse on Wednesday, hearts and flowers taped to the walls behind her. Weeks ago, she said, the couple abandoned their original wedding plans and settled instead on a simple, intimate ceremony at the courthouse Downtown. Learn More

Metro Court Provides Additional Avenue for Advancing Felony Cases

Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court judges began holding Preliminary Examination Hearings in January. The move was made in an effort to provide an additional avenue for advancing felony cases in Bernalillo County. “As members of this community, we are all impacted by the increase in crime in recent years. Learn More

Domestic Violence court offers alternatives, hope for future

Jaime was just 19 years old when a fight with his girlfriend escalated from what he describes as “a lot of back and forth petty stuff” to a conflict that saw him facing misdemeanor domestic violence charges. Around the same time, he’d survived an attempted homicide and was coping with the news that his daughter was on her way. Learn More

Free Legal Clinics

Metro Court is hosting free Legal Clinics the second Friday of each month! Attorneys are available on-site to provide free civil legal advice in the following areas of law: Landlord/Tenant Consumer Rights Trial Preparation Employee Wage Debts/Bankruptcy Discovery The Clinics are held from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. on the Court’s 9th floor.Learn More

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