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Twelfth Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Decimosegundo Distrito Judicial

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Effective immediately, any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19.

"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."  Thank you.


 Traffic Citation Information (toll free):  855-268-7804

All Other (toll free):  833-732-4577

Click Here to Pay a Magistrate Court Fines or Fees: https://publicaccess.nmcourts.gov

People should NOT come to court if they:

  • Are experiencing acute respiratory symptoms (i.e., fever, cough, shortness of breath)
  • Have been exposed to someone with COVID-19
  • Have traveled to high-risk countries with widespread transmission of COVID-19
  • Visited another state experiencing widespread community transmission of COVID-19

Please contact your attorney or the court toll free at (833) 732-4577 if you meet any of the listed criteria.

During the COVID-19 public health emergency, self-represented litigants may email or fax filings to the district and magistrate courts.  Filing by email or fax will also be permitted by attorneys in those case types that are not eligible for electronic filing during this time. Email and fax numbers are as follows:

  • Otero County email: oterodistrictclerk@nmcourts.gov
  • Otero County fax: (575) 434-8886
  • Lincoln County email: lincolndistrictclerk@nmcourts.gov
  • Lincoln County fax: (575) 648-2581


  • Otero County email: oteromagistrateclerk@nmcourts.gov
  • Otero County fax: (575) 439-1365
  • Lincoln County - Carrizozo email: caimadmin@nmcourts.gov
  • Lincoln County - Carrizozo fax: (575) 648-2695
  • Lincoln County - Ruidoso email: ruim@nmcourts.gov
  • Lincoln County - Ruidoso fax: (575) 378-8508




Video Tutorials for Audio/Visual Hearings

How to Create a Google Account

Accepting Google Invitations and Joining Hearings

Uploading Exhibits to Google Drive after Invitation

TIPS – Join a Google Web Meeting Using a Computer

TIPS – Join a Google Web Meeting Using a Smart Phone

TIPS – Adding Grid-View Extension for Video Hearings

TIPS – Joining Audio by Phone for Video Hearings

PROTOCOLS – Admitting Evidence