New Mexico State Court System

Understanding how the system of New Mexico state court works is very important as it helps you find court records easily.

New Mexico Courts Overview

To make your work easier, start searching for court records in New Mexico by simply going to courts by county.

The trial court system of New Mexico State consists of Municipal Courts, Probate Courts, Magistrate Courts, Metropolitan Courts, and District Courts.

District Courts

District Courts have general jurisdiction to handle all types of cases, but usually handle only those cases that other courts have no jurisdiction over.

Criminal cases usually heard by these courts include some misdemeanors, lesser-included offenses, felonies, and preliminary hearings for all kinds of criminal cases. Typical civil cases include general civil claims for less more than $10,000 in dispute, exclusive of costs and interest. They also handle juvenile delinquency, domestic relations, mental health, domestic violence, appeals of orders from administrative agencies, child protection, formal probate proceedings, conservatorship, guardianship, trusts, naturalization, and disputes over boundary or titles of real property.

District Courts have Children’s Court divisions that handle certain types of juvenile cases, such as child neglect, the emancipation of minors, child abuse, juvenile delinquency and adoption.

They share original jurisdiction over all types of informal probate matters with Probate Courts. They hear all types of formal probate cases. They also share jurisdiction with Metropolitan Courts and Magistrate Courts over most misdemeanor criminal cases. District Courts also share jurisdiction with Probate Courts where a Probate Court has the authority to handle misdemeanor criminal cases.

Metropolitan Courts

New Mexico Counties of a particular size are required to set up Metropolitan Courts with exclusive jurisdiction to handle certain types of criminal and civil cases.

Criminal cases generally heard by these courts include most violations of municipal and county ordinances, traffic violations, DWI/DUI, misdemeanors, and preliminary hearings for all criminal cases. Typical civil cases include most general civil claims involving less than $10,000, exclusive of costs and interest, including torts, quasi-contracts, landlord-tenant disputes and contracts.

Metropolitan Courts cannot handle certain types of cases, such as domestic relations, guardianships, disputes over boundary or title of real property, and certain types of civil cases.

These courts share jurisdiction with District Courts over most misdemeanor Criminal cases and preliminary hearings. Metropolitan Courts may also handle contested cases that involve violations of parking.

Magistrate Courts

These courts have exclusive jurisdiction over certain types of criminal and civil cases. Civil cases that Magistrate Courts generally hear include majority of general civil claims involving less than $10,000, excluding costs and interest.

Criminal cases generally heard by these courts include county ordinance violations, petty misdemeanors, most misdemeanors, and all criminal cases.

Magistrate Courts cannot hear certain types of cases, including slander, libel, malicious prosecution, domestic relations, dependency, adoption, request for injunctive relief, land titles, and guardianships.

Probate Courts

These courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle informal estate and informal probate matters. District Courts hear contested estate and probate matters.  Probate Courts also have jurisdiction over heirship of real property in the informal administration of the estates.

They cannot handle many other types of cases, including misconduct in office, slander, libel, malicious prosecution, misconduct in office, requests for injunctive relief, and many disputes connected to the boundary or title to real estate.

Municipal Courts

These courts have exclusive jurisdiction to handle all types of violations of municipal ordinances, such as driving when intoxicated. Municipal Courts may also hear contested cases that involve violations of any campus traffic regulation.

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