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Thirteenth Judicial District Court

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Thirteenth Judicial District Court

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Effective May 15, 2020, any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19. If you do not have a facemask we will provide you with a disposable mask.

“State health officials have made it abundantly clear that if each of us wears a mask in public we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura. “Our courts provide essential services to the public so we continue to take all steps necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of people who work in or need to visit a courthouse.

For additional information, please click here.


District and Magistrate Courthouses in the Thirteenth Judicial District will resume limited in person court hearings and trials beginning June 16, 2020. Court locations in Cibola County will begin some in person hearings July 6, with jury trials resuming July 13.  You can view our Supreme Court approved plan to resume hearings and trials here.

The Thirteenth Judicial District Court has also adopted procedures for trials and hearings during the Public Health Emergency. You can view those here.

Every person entering a courthouse must pass a temperature screening and truthfully answer these questions:

  1. Within the past 14 days, have you left New Mexico or traveled to New Mexico from a location outside of the State or outside the United States? 
  2. Have you been asked to self-quarantine because of COVID-19, and are you still within the quarantine period?
  3. In the past 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a doctor?
  4. In the past 14 days, have you had a positive test result for COVID-19 from a testing center or by the Department of Health?
  5. In the past 14 days, have you been in contact with anyone who you know has COVID-19, or with someone who is required to self-quarantine?
  6. In the past 14 days, have you had a fever above 100.4 degrees, chills, sore throat, body aches or headaches?
  7. In the past 14 days, have you developed a new shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or dry cough?
  8. Have you recently developed a loss of taste or smell?

If you answer “yes” to any of these questions you will not be permitted access. If you answer “yes” to any of these questions and you have a scheduled hearing or other appointment please contact the appropriate listed person before your scheduled hearing: 

If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney.

If you are not represented by an attorney and are required to appear in court, please contact the Judge's office to make arrangements to appear telephonically (contact information may be found under the "Contact & Location" section to the left).

If you are an attorney and are scheduled to appear in court before a judge, please contact the Judge's chambers to make arrangements to appear by video or phone (contact information may be found under the "Contact & Location" section to the left).

If you are a juror, please contact the Jury Division (contact information for the respective Court may be found under "Jury Information" section to the left).

For other Court matters, please contact the Clerk’s Office (contact information for the respective Court may be found under the "Contact & Location" section to the left).

For the latest information on the Coronavirus, visit the New Mexico Department of Health's website at or the Center for Disease Control and Prevention's website at

Notice - Emailing and faxing of documents by self-represented litigants and attorneys

In response to the Coronavirus public health emergency, the Thirteenth Judicial District is allowing the filing of documents by email or fax to reduce the requirement of the public, parties, and attorneys to enter the courthouse to file documents.  Self-represented litigants and attorneys are permitted to file documents via email or fax in all cases. Attorneys must continue electronic filing through File and Serve for cases eligible for this service.

Self-represented litigants, attorneys and law enforcement agencies are permitted to file documents via email or fax in pending cases that do not require a filing fee.  If a filing fee is required to open/reopen a case, the pleadings should be mailed via US mail, not emailed, to the respective Court along with the filing fee.

Self-represented litigants and attorneys are permitted to file a new case or reopen a case that does not require a filing fee by email or fax.

Attorneys and law enforcement agencies will be allowed to open a new case or reopen a case that does not require a filing fee by email or fax.

Self-represented litigants are permitted to submit free process applications along with the petition or complaint to the Court either via email or fax.

If free process is granted, the filing party will be informed and may proceed to file the remaining documents via email or fax.

If free process is not granted, the filing party will be informed and will be required to submit their filings via US mail along with a filing fee in the form of a money order.

Self-represented litigants and attorneys must provide the following information when emailing or faxing a filing:

Name of filer,

Email address/fax number,

Case caption and case number,

Telephone number,

Physical address/mailing address,

Document for filing.

Filed copies will be returned to the sender upon request via email or fax.

Contact information for each District and Magistrate Court in the Thirteenth Judicial District:

Cibola District Court: (505) 285-5775

Cibola Magistrate Court: (505) 285-6485

Sandoval District Court: (505) 867-5161

Sandoval Magistrate Court in Bernalillo: (505) 867-0970

Sandoval Magistrate Court in Cuba: (505) 289-3013

Valencia District Court: (505) 865-8801

Valencia Magistrate Court in Belen: (505) 864-9532

Valencia Magistrate Court in Los Lunas: (505) 865-0639


Legal clinics are canceled until further notice.

Domestic Relations mediation dockets are canceled - Parties will be contacted individually to schedule mediation. If you have questions, please email Erin Olson, or call 505-867-2376, ext. 1172


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New Mexico Advocacy Program receives the Outstanding Legal Program Award for 2018. The award was presented at the New Mexico State Bar Annual Meeting.

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