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Do I need an attorney to represent me in District Court?
If you decide to represent yourself, a limited number of forms are available for download or purchase from the Court; the Court may not be able to provide you all the required forms. Court staff cannot advise or assist you in filling out forms or other paperwork, and cannot provide any legal advice. For legal advice, consult a licensed New Mexico attorney.
Will a public defender be appointed to my case?
How do I speak with the Judge?
Do not try to talk to the judge or hearing officer in private! He or she cannot talk to one party without the other party and a court monitor being present. All your interactions with the judge or hearing officer will be in the formal setting of a courtroom, in “hearings”, which are governed by the Rules of Civil Procedure and Rules of Evidence.
How soon will I get a hearing?
How will I know when to appear in court?
How do I fill out forms?
It is recommended that you contact an attorney if you have specific questions about forms. We have a self-help center that can provide some assistance with filling out forms, but cannot fill out the forms for you, answer any legal questions, or give you advice.
Can I look at court files?
Court files that have not been sealed are available for public viewing. Court case files cannot be removed from the Court, and must be viewed in the presence of Court staff. Files older than five years may be on microfilm.
You may request copies of case pleadings and microfilm documents. A copy fee will be charged in accordance with the current Court fee schedule
How do I get a copy of my hearing tape?
When and how do I get my bond money back?
How do I get my driver's license restored?
How do I get a copy of my divorce decree or other document?
- the exact full names of one or both parties;
- if known, the case number; and
- the approximate filing date of the action.
The Clerk’s office will notify you of the amount due. Payment must be received before your request will be processed. You can pick up the copies in person, or send a stamped, self-addressed envelope.