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Twelfth Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Decimosegundo Distrito Judicial

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What are Public Records?

Pursuant to the Inspection of Public Records Act, “public records means all documents, papers, letters, books, maps, tapes, photographs, recordings and other materials, regardless of physical form or characteristics, that are used, created, received, maintained or held by or on behalf of a public body and relate to public business, whether or not the records are required by law to be created or maintained.”

Section 14-2-1, NMSA, Right to Inspect Public Records; Exceptions

  1. Every person has a right to inspect public records of this state except: 
    1. records pertaining to physical or mental examinations and medical treatment of persons confined to an institution; 
    2. letters of reference concerning employment, licensing or permits; 
    3. letters or memoranda that are matters of opinion in personnel files or students' cumulative files; 
    4. law enforcement records that reveal confidential sources, methods, information or individuals accused but not charged with a crime. Law enforcement records include evidence in any form received or compiled in connection with a criminal investigation or prosecution by a law enforcement or prosecuting agency, including inactive matters or closed investigations to the extent that they contain the information listed in this paragraph; 
    5. as provided by the Confidential Materials Act [14-3A-1 NMSA 1978]; 
    6. trade secrets, attorney-client privileged information and long-range or strategic business plans of public hospitals discussed in a properly closed meeting; 
    7. tactical response plans or procedures prepared for or by the state or a political subdivision of the state, the publication of which could reveal specific vulnerabilities, risk assessments or tactical emergency security procedures that could be used to facilitate the planning or execution of a terrorist attack; and 
    8. as otherwise provided by law. 
  2. Protected personal identifier information contained in public records may be redacted by a public body before inspection or copying of a record. The presence of protected personal identifier information on a record does not exempt the record from inspection.  Unredacted records that contain protected personal identifier information shall not be made available on publicly accessible web sites operated by or managed on behalf of a public body.

Inspecting Public Records

Copies of Court Case Files

For court case files that are not sequestered as otherwise provided by law, please complete a Request for Copy of Court Record form. Please send requests to:

Otero County

1000 New York Ave., Room 108
Alamogordo, NM  88310

Email: aladresearch@nmcourts.gov

Lincoln County

P.O. Box 725
Carrizozo, NM  88301

​Email: caidresearch@nmcourts.gov

Copies of Other Public Records (other than court case files)

For all other public records requests, please provide us with your name, address, and telephone number, and identify the specific records you would like to inspect.  Please send these requests to:

Otero & Lincoln County

Katina Watson, CEO
1000 New York Avenue, Room 209
Alamogordo, NM  88310

Email: aladkmw@nmcourts.gov

Bulk Records Requests

Bulk records requests will be addressed by the New Mexico Supreme Court’s Judicial Information Division (JID).  If you are unsure if your request meets the bulk standards, please forward your request to Katina Watson (see above).  If you know that you request is a bulk request, please send these requests to:

Judicial Information Division

Gregory Saunders, CIO
Email: gsaunders@nmcourts.gov


  • $0.35 per page for court case records.

  • ​​$1.00 per page for other records requests

Inspection of Public Records

Public records held by the District Court may be inspected during normal business hours at the following locations:

Otero County

1000 New York Avenue
Alamogordo, NM  88310

Lincoln County

300 Central Avenue
​Carrizozo, NM 88301