New Mexico Court Records

New Mexico court records

Court records are required for numerous reasons, including providing a statute of law history when filing a new case, personal law research and education, as well as a useful resource for tracking vital and genealogical records. Increasing use of the Internet and capabilities of online storage has opened up a world of availability for the public and law professionals alike to access court records with ease from their computers. This takes out the legwork of acquiring individual documents in person at state and local courthouses and law libraries.

In New Mexico there are multiple levels in the judiciary system all producing important court records including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, 13 District Courts, Magistrate Courts, Metropolitan Court, Municipal Court, and Probate Court.

History of New Mexico Court Records

New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912, and in that same year the Supreme Court was established with three justices. Seventeen years later the court grew to five justices which is the number still today. In 1966 legislation passed to establish the New Mexico Court of Appeals to ease the caseload of the Supreme Court. Both judicial entities have expanded since their creation; with the Court of Appeals growing from seven justices to ten to continually handle to influx of appellate cases by presiding over multiple cases with a few justices per panel to sentence more efficiently.

New Mexico Court Records Availability

The New Mexico Supreme Court is located in the historic Supreme Court Building downtown Santa Fe, the same location also houses one of the largest law libraries in the state with records filed annually since 1912. With a rich history in Native American culture, the New Mexico law library uniquely features a Tribal Law division organized by tribe, topic, and treaties where additional court records and references can be studied.

Additionally, criminal and civil court records are available in person and online from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and District Courts. Internet searches can also produce court records from New Mexican courts with smaller jurisdictions such as the Magistrate, Probate, and Municipal Courts.

Main Court Information

The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is to hear cases dealing with the interpretation of the state and federal constitution, direct appeals for cases with life sentencing, and as an authority to provide disciplinary action towards New Mexico judges and attorneys.

The Court of Appeals of New Mexico has two locations, one in Santa Fe and a satellite location in Albuquerque. The justices of this court work in panels of three and must have a ruling of two thirds to provide a motion for each case. The Court of Appeals jurisdiction covers civil, non-capital criminal and juvenile cases.

There are 33 counties of New Mexico grouped together into 13 judicial districts. The state’s District Courts have jurisdiction over their assigned districts and many have judicial complexes to house a courtroom, offices and detention cells.

Caseload Statistics

The Supreme Court of New Mexico had a caseload of 562 filings and 533 dispositions for the fiscal year of 2014. The Court of Appeals handles an average of 900 court cases annually.

New Mexico Court Structure

New Mexico Court Statistics

In 2016, the state court caseload counted 361,866 filings and had 425,318 outgoing cases.

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than New Mexico

More Domestic Relations Cases than New Mexico:
State: Caseload:
New York570,709
Less Domestic Relations Cases than New Mexico:
State: Caseload:
Puerto Rico25,737

New Mexico Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in New Mexico counts 108,603 with 48,681 felony cases and 47,683 misdemeanors accordingly.

Small Claims Caseloads & Rates

Caseload: Per 100K Population: Percent of Total Caseload: Max Limit in $:
35,119 1,688 41.0% $10,000

New Mexico Court Locations

State Court Holidays

Holiday: Date:
New Year's DayMonday, January 1, 2018
Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (Civil Rights Day)Monday, January 15, 2018
Washington's Birthday / Presidents DayMonday, February 19, 2018
Memorial DayMonday, May 28, 2018
Independence DayWednesday, July 4, 2018
Labor DayMonday, September 3, 2018
Columbus DayMonday, October 8, 2018
Veteran's Day (Obseved)Monday, November 12, 2018
Thanksgiving DayThursday, November 22, 2018
Christmas DayTuesday, December 25, 2018

New Mexico court records search by Counties

DISCLAIMER: The New Mexico court records information accessible herein is derived from unofficial, publicly-available sources, does not constitute the official court records of any case, may not be up-to-date, complete, or accurate, and should not be relied upon by any person or entity for any purpose. This site is a third-party commercial entity that is neither authorized by nor affiliated with the New Mexico Judiciary or the New Mexico Administrative Office of State Courts in any way. The New Mexico Judiciary and the New Mexico Administrative Office of State Courts have not endorsed, warranted, or otherwise validated any of New Mexico court records information available on this site.