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First Judicial District Court

Tribunal del Primer Distrito Judicial

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Attorneys, Pro Se Litigants, Grand Jurors, and Public:

The First Judicial District Court will remain open with regular business hours, 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday.  The Court Clerk’s office does close at 4:00 p.m. daily, but is open during the noon hour.

  • NOTICE ON REMOTE ACCESS TO COURT PROCEEDINGS
    Members of the press and public who wish to remotely observe a proceeding conducted by telephone during the current public health emergency, shall obtain the call-in phone number and PIN from the specific Judge's CALENDAR webpage or DISTRICT COURT JUDGES Division Page (on the left sidebar).

    Please use the Judiciary’s online “case lookup” to check the status of civil and criminal cases, including whether a hearing is scheduled in a particular case.

  • Individuals answering “Yes” to any of the following questions should avoid coming to the courthouse:

              1. Over the past two weeks, have you developed flu-like symptoms such as a cough, a fever, or shortness of breath?

              2. Have you traveled outside the U.S. within the last 30 days or a high-risk area as identified by the NM Department of Health?  https://cv.nmhealth.org/travel-recommendations/

              3. Have you been diagnosed with, or in contact with anyone who has been diagnosed with the COVID-19 infection?

              If you have answered “Yes” to any of these questions, and have court business, please contact the following as applicable:

If you are a juror, contact the Jury Division at (505) 455-8225;

For other District Court matters contact the Court Clerk’s office at (505) 455-8268 or (505) 455-8200;

If you are scheduled to appear in court before a judge contact the judge’s office directly.

(Contact information may be found to the left under “District Court Judges.”)

  • When in the courthouse you must observe six feet of social distancing between you and any other person.

  • Gathering of individuals is limited to fifteen (15) people (see below for persons included).

  • For court appearances, all attorneys, pro se litigants, witnesses and press should appear telephonically or via audio-visual.  Call or email the TCAA of the Judge assigned to the case (contact information may be found to the left under “District Court Judges.”)  See below for exceptions.

  • Pro se parties in a case, and cases for which e-filing is not yet accepted (sequestered cases) may use the following emailed address to e-file: sfedfilings@nmcourts.gov

  • Civil jury trials are suspended until further Order of the NM Supreme Court.

  • Criminal jury trials are suspended until April 20 2020 (see below for exception).

  • During a grand jurors designated term, all grand juror are on an “on-call” basis. Therefore, each grand juror must call in each Friday after 5:00 p.m. to (505) 455-8306 and check the Jury Schedule web-page: https//firstdistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/jury-schedule.aspx to find out if a GJ session is scheduled for following week.  If a juror cannot attend, he/she must contact the jury division by email at sfedjury@nmcourts.gov or by phone at (505) 455-8225 no later than 10:00 a.m. the day of the GJ session and indicate why he/she is not able to attend. Santa Fe grand jury is held on Tuesdays and Thursdays, Rio Arriba grand jury is held on Wednesdays.


On March 23, 2020, the New Mexico Supreme Court issued Supreme Court Order No. 20-8500-006.  It provides in relevant part:

1.  Effective immediately, the Supreme Court authorized court appearance by remote methods to the fullest extent possible.  All judges are now required to use telephonic or audio-visual attendance for court appearances by attorneys, litigants, witnesses, and the press, unless there is an emergency need for an in-person appearance.  A party may motion the court for an in-persona appearance where necessary. If a judge identifies a need for an in-person appearance on the judge’s own initiative, prior to proceeding with an in-person appearance, the judge shall confer with the parties and the chief judge of the district. Judges may continue to take other protective measures, including the granting of continuances upon motion of any party or the judge’s own motion In appropriate cases when remote appearance are not feasible under the circumstances. Any criminal procedures rules requiring the presence of a defendant may continue to be accomplished through remote, audio-visual appearance, provided that confidential communication between the defendant and defense counsel is made available.

2.  Effectively immediately, all gathering of individuals in a single, connected location within a courthouse or other building are not further limited to no more than fifteen (15) people, which includes judges, court personnel, jurors, attorneys, litigants, the general public and the press. The chief judge of the district may extend a gathering of individuals in a courthouse to a maximum of if there is an emergency need to do so.


On March 17, 2020 the New Mexico Supreme Court issued Order No. 20-8500-002. It provides in relevant part:

1.  All civil trials have previously been suspended until further Order of the NM Supreme Court.) All criminal jury trials arising under the Rules of Criminal Procedure that have not yet commenced shall be suspended until April 30, 2020, subject to the individual discretion of the judges presiding in such cases to go forward with a jury trial, upon motion of a party, to avoid serious harm to the interests of the litigants or for other exceptional circumstances. A judge may go forward with a criminal jury trial on the judge’s won initiative and without motion of a party upon approval of the chief judge and in consultation with the Chief Justice.

2.  The exercise of peremptory excusals under NMRA Civil Rule 1-008.1 and NMRA Criminal Rule 5-106 are temporarily suspended.


Contact Information for the First Judicial District Magistrate Courts is as follows:

Santa Fe Magistate Court (505) 984-9914 ext. 131

Espanola Magistrate Court (505) 753-2532 ext. 0

Chama Magistrate Court (505) 756-2278

Los Alamos Magistrate Court (505) 662-2727 


*Please see the Division calendar pages for Guidelines, Protocols and information specific to Civil, Criminal and Family Courts.  

Los Alamos County Courthouse

Los Alamos County Courthouse
The Center was designed by WH Pacific, a national architecture and engineering firm which specializes in developing designs which are sensitive to the natural environment and the community. Utilizing energy-efficient systems such as a heat-reflecting roof and high-efficiency mechanical systems, the Los Alamos County Justice Center has achieved a LEED Gold certification through the United States Green Building Council (USGBC).

Rio Arriba County Courthouse

Rio Arriba County Courthouse
When Tierra Amarilla was designated as the county seat the villagers set about building a courthouse. This structure was demolished to make way for the present one, which was built in 1917 and gained notoriety fifty years later when it was the location of a gunfight between land rights activists and authorities. The neoclassical design by Isaac Rapp is now on the National Register of Historic Places.

Santa Fe County Judicial Complex

Santa Fe County Judicial Complex
The new Steve Herrera Judicial Complex building includes courtroom and office space housed in the three levels above grade as well as below grade parking and detention cells. The grand entrance is a two story atrium with pillars and stone floors. The courtrooms include custom millwork. The project achieved LEED Gold Certification.

First Judicial District Criminal Justice Coordinating Council

The Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils were originally created by Supreme Court Order. In 2019, the New Mexico Legislature passed HB 267 which created these Local Criminal Justice Coordinating Councils per statute. Under this bill, the Council meets once monthly. The Council for the First Judicial District meets every fourth Tuesday of the month at 3:45 pm in Chief Judge Mary Marlowe-Sommer's courtroom.  

The Santa Fe County Courthouse for the First Judicial District Court follows the Santa Fe Public School snow day and closure policy, [https://www.sfps.info] specifically including a delay of two hours or three hours, or a full closure as the case may be, as posted to the media by the Santa Fe Public Schools.

In the event there is a "delay," please read the directions posted on the First Judicial District Court website regarding the particular judge's docket for which your hearing is scheduled.[https://firstdistrictcourt.nmcourts.gov/district-court-judges.aspx] For many judges, in the event of a snow delay, dockets will generally begin at 10:00 a.m. for a two hour delay and 11:00 a.m. for a three hour delay. In this event, attorneys, parties, witnesses, etc., with hearings set earlier than these two times should be present at 10:00 a.m. for a two hour delay or 11:00 a.m. for a three hour delay. Attorneys and parties whose hearings were set at either 10:00 a.m. or 11:00 a.m. should report at those originally scheduled times.

However, some judges simply reschedule the cases set in the 8:00-10:00 a.m. time period (in the event of a two hour delay) or the 8:00-11:00 a.m. time period (in the event of a three hour delay) to another part of the day or to another day entirely. In this event, please carefully read that portion of the District's website which relates to the particular judge on whose docket your case is scheduled and follow that information.

For the Rio Arriba County Courthouse in Tierra Amarilla, the District follows both the Chama Valley Schools as well as the Española Public Schools delay and closure schedule. [http://www.chamaschools.org ] [ http://www.k12espanola.org ] For the Los Alamos County Courthouse, the District follows the Los Alamos Public Schools delay and closure schedule [http://www.laschools.net ]. In the event of a snow delay for either of these courthouses, please carefully read the directions posted on the First Judicial District Court website regarding the particular Judge's docket for which your hearing is scheduled.

For all courthouses, in the event of a "closure," all hearings set that for that particular day will be reset by the judge, with notice to all parties and counsel.