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Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

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COVID-19 Information & Updates

03/30/2020

With the severity of the influenza season and new cases of the coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico, the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court has been closely monitoring this evolving situation to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all visitors and staff.  We are monitoring this situation with communication and guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the World Health Organization (WHO), and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). 

The court is relying on long-standing plans and procedures to protect the public, employees and stakeholders, contain the spread of infectious diseases of all kinds, and ensure ongoing access to justice. 

Signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing.  Influenza also presents similar symptoms but is caused by a different virus. 

Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout the courthouse, and cleaning staff is thoroughly disinfecting door handles, elevator buttons, escalator rails and commonly-touched surfaces. Only two people will be allowed inside of an elevator at a given time, and social distancing throughout the courthouse is being enforced.

Court staff and security is screening all visitors before entering the courthouse.  If a visitor is exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus, or has been in contact with somebody with COVID-19, or has recently traveled to a high-risk area, he or she will not be allowed inside of the courthouse.

If you have court business but are experiencing symptoms such as cough, fever, or other respiratory problems, please STAY HOME.

 

The court has set up a Coronavirus Hotline: (505) 841-9810 to discuss options.  

 

The state Supreme Court has ordered that most criminal and civil proceedings be held by phone or through video conferencing technology.  To find out if your hearing is still scheduled and/or for information on how to call or video in for a hearing, please call (505) 841-8151.

 

We’ve made it easier to conduct court business from home.  Metro Court is now accepting pleadings via email at: metrpleadings@nmcourts.gov or via fax at: (505) 222-4831.

 


FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS:

What if I only need to pay court fines and fees?

Remember: bonds and tickets cannot be posted/paid online or via mail, however, you can pay court fines and fees without having to come in.

To pay court fines and fees online, visit: https://publicaccess.nmcourts.gov/default. 

You may also pay court costs and fees by mailing a personal check, cashier’s check or money order to:

The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

P.O. Box 133

Albuquerque, NM 87103

*Checks should be made out to the Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court, and please make sure to note your case number on the check.

For questions, please call: (505) 841-8151.

 

What if I have an appointment with my pretrial or probation officer?

Please contact your probation officer as soon as possible to discuss options. For general information, please call: (505) 841-8189.

 

What if I have jury duty?

Your jury service is important, and we want to assure you that the court is making every effort to maintain a clean and sanitary environment.

As per our usual practice, if you are not feeling well, please contact the Jury Division at (505) 841-8141 to discuss options.

Due to a recent New Mexico Supreme Court ruling, as an additional precautionary measure against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), all criminal and civil jury trials have been suspended with the exception of special circumstances.  However, this does NOT vacate your summons for jury duty.  It is because of this possibility that you will still be committed to the court for the duration of your term.

However, instead of reporting to the courthouse on your first day of jury duty as originally instructed by your summons, we are asking that all jurors call our “Code-A-Phone” system at 505-841-8158 each day between the hours of 10:30 a.m. and 11:30 a.m. through the end of your term.

Listen to the message carefully…it will provide you with daily reporting instructions. You will need to know your group number when listening to this message, just in case any jurors are required to report. The message will be clear and concise.

If you do not understand this email or the recorded message on the code-a-phone, please call our direct line at 505-841-8141 and the jury staff will be happy to assist you.

Thank you for your jury service.

 

What if I have a hearing for a criminal case?

If you are the defendant in the case, contact your attorney as soon as possible to arrange for a remote hearing. Your attorney should contact the Court.  If you have a public defender and don’t know how to contact your attorney, please visit the Law Offices of the Public Defender website at: http://www.lopdnm.us/districtoffices/albuquerque.php.

 

What should I do to stay healthy and prevent illness?

-Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds.  If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.

-Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.

-Practice social distancing, and avoid shaking hands and hugging.

-Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and immediately dispose of the tissue.

-Avoid close contact with people who are sick.

-You should not leave your house if you have a fever, and the fever should be gone for 24 hours without medication before leaving your home.

 

We will continue to monitor the effects of COVID-19 on court operations, take necessary steps to ensure the health and safety of our community, and provide updates as the situation develops.

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