How to Obtain Court Records New Mexico
In New Mexico, those seeking a hearing on a landlord-tenant dispute, misdemeanor, or traffic violation are likely to go to one of the courts of limited jurisdiction, either a municipal court or magistrate court, depending on their location. These lower-level courts do not conduct trials.
District courts in New Mexico are the general trial courts that also handle domestic relations (family issues), estates, contracts, juvenile, and appeals of lower court and administrative agency decisions, among other responsibilities.
The intermediate court of appeals seats panels of three judges to hear disputes of civil, criminal, and juvenile decisions from lower courts as well as some administrative agency and “interlocutory appeals” which are opinions on lower court cases in process.
The state supreme court hears automatic appeals of sentences of life imprisonment and death row as well as elective review of other cases. The supreme court has oversight of the state bar.
Obtaining court records
There are many reasons why a court document or case record can be useful to keep, including to prove your innocence, to enforce a court decision about a financial settlement, child custody, or a protective order, to enact an eviction of a tenant, or to prove a fine or penalty has been paid.
New Mexico provides an online service to search for court records: https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app. This site is unlikely to return full case information or the opportunity to order records, so you’ll probably need to contact the clerk of the court where the case was heard to request a copy of a document or case records. This directory may help find the correct court: https://www.nmcourts.gov/find-a-court.aspx.
In New Mexico, probate courts are independent of municipal and county courts. These courts handle wills and estates, overseeing the process of distributing property and assets to heirs when a person dies. You may use this site to look up a case: https://caselookup.nmcourts.gov/caselookup/app. This site may help locate the probate court where the records are available: https://www.nmcourts.gov/find-a-court.aspx.
Having a copy of your divorce decree can help clarify child custody issues, alimony payments, and assist in getting your name changed. Decrees are available at the court where the divorce was granted. To locate the proper court, use this page: : https://www.nmcourts.gov/find-a-court.aspx.
State courts do not have jurisdiction over bankruptcy proceedings. There are U.S. District Courts in every state that handle bankruptcies, federal criminal trials, class action lawsuits, and more. To look up a record in a federal court, start with this website: www.pacer.gov.