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Virus interrupts, but does not spoil, SJDC employee’s Antarctic adventure

Just before the coronavirus was declared a global pandemic, SJDC Human Resources Assistant II Janet Van-Why and her husband Ray took off on an once-in-a-lifetime adventure to the remote continent of Antarctica. Learn More

Court’s self-help center modifies operations during public health emergency

Albuquerque, New Mexico, May 7, 2020 — The Second Judicial District Court’s Center for Self-Help has modified its operations to continue to serving individuals dealing with legal issues without the assistance of an attorney during the COVID-19 public health emergency. Learn More

Domestic Violence Division Issues Notice of Submitting Exhibits

Please be advised that if you intend to submit exhibits for your upcoming hearing they must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled hearing. Learn More

Court urges flexibility with child custody and timesharing arrangements during public health crisis

The Second Judicial District Family Court is asking parties operating under child-custody and timesharing orders to collaborate on ways to make those arrangements work without court intervention during the COVID-19 crisis. Learn More

Second Judicial District Court suspends requirement to have “free process” applications notarized

During the COVID-19 crisis, the Second Judicial Court will not require notary public certifications on applications to waive fees for filing a legal action, when those applications are based on the individual’s inability to pay. Learn More

Second Judicial District Court adopts new entrance screening procedures in light of COVID-19

The Second Judicial District Court has implemented new screening procedures to prevent individuals who may have contracted the COVID-19 virus from entering the courthouse. Learn More

New Mexico courts suspend new criminal jury trials as coronavirus precautionary measure

The New Mexico Supreme Court has suspended all criminal jury trials that have not started and imposed additional precautionary measures against the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19). Learn More

Second Judicial District Court Cancels Legal Clinics, Takes other Measures, to combat Coronavirus

The Second Judicial District Court’s Pro Bono Committee has canceled its next two Civil and Family Law Clinics due to concerns related to the coronavirus. Learn More

Courthouse’s Asian-American Monument, ‘A View from Gold Mountain,’ gets formal dedication

Supreme Court Justice Shannon Bacon and Second Judicial District Chief Judge Stan Whitaker were among the dignitaries who spoke at the official dedication of “A View from Gold Mountain,” the sculpture erected as a monument to New Mexico’s Asian American Community. Learn More

Second Judicial District Court Celebrates New Families on National Adoption Day

The Second Judicial District courthouse bustled with activity on a late-November Saturday morning. Judges presided over hearings, but they were not the somber proceedings that typically take place in courtrooms. Learn More

Conducting hearings via teleconference among the new measures to keep the court open during the COVID-19 crisis

The Courts are among the essential services that are exempt from shutting down under Michelle Lujan Grisham’s shelter-in-place order. That does not mean courts are not taking steps to protect the public from the spread of the COVID-19 virus.

New Mexico Supreme Court Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura issued an order on March 23, 2020 directing all New Mexico Courts to:

  • Conduct all civil and criminal proceedings by video and audio teleconferencing, unless an emergency requires in-person appearances.
  • Limit the number of people in any hearing or meeting inside a courthouse to no more than 15 people and adhere to the six-foot social distancing protocol during such hearings or meetings

The Second Judicial District Court is complying with these directives, in addition to its previously announced safeguards, which include:

  • Postponing civil and criminal jury trials
  • Implementing courthouse entrance screening procedures to prevent individuals who have contracted, or been exposed to, the COVID-19 virus from entering the building.

“The judges and administration of the Second Judicial District Court are committed to the safety of the court’s employees, as well as all those individuals who are unable to avoid being in court during this public health crisis,” said Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Stan Whitaker. “We will continue to work to give the public access to the legal system in ways that minimize the threat to public health and safety.”

For more information on the Second Judicial District Court’s response to COVID-19, visit the court’s website, or follow the court’s Twitter feed @SJDCNEWMEXICO.

Second Judicial Court Administrative Orders should help guard against COVID-19 virus

Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Stan Whitaker has issued two administrative orders to help the court better service the public during the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic.

The first order relates to precautionary measures the court is taking to continue conducting essential business during this crisis.

The second order outlines screening procedures put in place at the courthouse entrance to ensure that individuals who may have contracted the COVID-19 virus to not enter the courthouse.

To review the precautionary measures order click here.

The screening procedures order is available here.


Monica Baca is Interim Clerk of the Second Judicial District Court

Second Judicial District Court Chief Judge Stan Whitaker has appointed Deputy Court Executive Officer Monica Baca interim Clerk of the Court.

Baca will fulfill this role, which encompasses certifying court records, until the court names a new Chief Executive Officer. The role of Chief Executive Officer and Clerk of the Court was vacated when the court’s previous CEO, James Noel, was appointed to serve as a judge in the Thirteenth Judicial District.


Filing Expungement Petitions

To make the process of filing for the expungement of criminal records easier for all parties, the Second Judicial District Court has created specific forms for filing expungement petitions. The use of these forms is mandatory for filing expungement petitions in the Second Judicial District Court. For more information on the Court's reasons for adopting the use of these forms, please read the Court's Order. The forms for filing expungement petitions are available here.


ADA Accommodations

The Second Judicial District Court will make all reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of is programs, services and activities.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a service, program, or activity of the Second Judicial District Court should contact its ADA Coordinator, Lisa Y. Schatz-Vance, at (505) 841-7425 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

Request for Accommodation for a Court Hearing at SJDC:  Counsel or self-represented litigants may notify the Clerk of the Court of the nature of the disability at least five (5) business days before any hearing so appropriate accommodations may be made.

For more information, see SJDC's Notice of Non-Discrimination and SJDC's Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act.


Courthouse Access Policy

The Second Judicial District Court is dedicated to serving the community by providing equal access to justice through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. This policy is to establish guidelines for Courthouse access, which respects the dignity of the courtroom and the proceedings occurring the Courthouse.  Click here to read the policy.






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