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Online Court Resources
Resources for the Rio Arriba County Magistrate Court - Chama Circuit as well as online resources applicable to courts generally in Rio Arriba County, New Mexico, and resources applicable to all courts in New Mexico.
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New Mexico Court Case Records
Search New Mexico District, Magistrate, Metropolitan, and Municipal Court case records by name or case number. Additional options for the name search include driver license number, date or year of birth, court type, court location, case category, and filing or hearing date range. DWI cases may be searched separately by name. Municipal Court cases are limited to criminal domestic violence and DWI convictions.
New Mexico Magistrate and Metropolitan Court Criminal and Traffic Case Records
Search New Mexico Magistrate and Metropolitan Court criminal and traffic case records by court, name, case number, citation number, or attorney information. Additional search options include date of birth, case status, and date filed. Fines and fees may be paid online for some cases.
Published opinions and orders
Attorney General Legal Opinions
Search New Mexico Attorney General legal opinions and advisory letters by keyword, or view and download by year and topic. Click "Adivsory Letters" in the left column to access the advisory letters.
Judicial Conduct Advisory Opinions
View advisory opinions on judicial conduct and ethics from the New Mexico Judicial Supreme Court Advisory Committee on the Code of Judicial Conduct by opinion number, topic, date, and summary.
Forms and related information
New Mexico Court Forms
View and download New Mexico District, Magistrate, Metropolitan, Municipal, Probate, and family law forms. Form topics include civil, criminal, domestic relations, landlord-tenant ("Owner-Resident Relations Act") and property. Forms are arranged by New Mexico Statutes ("Code") section.
Online fine payments
Pay New Mexico Magistrate and Metropolitan Court Fines and Fees
Pay New Mexico Magistrate and Metropolitan Court criminal and traffic fines and fees online. Search for your case by court, name, case number, citation number, or attorney information. Additional search options include date of birth, case status, and date filed.
Pay New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division Citations
Pay New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division citation penalty assessment fees online by date of birth and driver's license or citation number. Click "Pay a Ticket/Citation" under "Other Services" to access the payment system.
Self help, legal research, general information
New Mexico Alternative Dispute Resolution
View information about Alternative Dispute Resolution, which can help parties resolve disputes without going to trial, and which includes mediation, arbitration, neutral evaluation, and settlement. A directory of services by district, statutes and court rules, and information about the Children's Court Mediation Program are provided.
New Mexico Foreclosure Prevention Resources
View resources for preventing foreclosure in New Mexico, including local housing counseling agencies, the Attorney General's Keep Your Home New Mexico Program, and a link to legal aid providers.
New Mexico Problem-Solving Courts
View information about New Mexico's Problem-Solving Courts, which include adult and juvenile Drug Courts, DWI Drug Courts, Family Dependency Court, and Mental Health Treatment Court. These special programs can set up treatment in lieu of incarceration for some offenders with substance abuse or mental health problems. A directory and map of local programs are provided.
New Mexico Law Library
View information about the The New Mexico Supreme Court Law Library, including location and hours; an online catalog; links to additional online legal resources; answers to frequently asked questions about name changes, annulments, and expungements; and links to statues, court rules, state agencies, and forms.
New Mexico Legal Information
View New Mexico legal information including a glossary of legal terms; case flow charts for Magistrate and Municipal Court; brochures about motions, forms, civil lawsuits, judgment collection, landlord-tenant, and Magistrate Court procedures and appeals; and an explanation of the New Mexico court system.
New Mexico Legal Information and Assistance
View information about various legal topics including name change, consumer rights, disability, domestic violence, employment, family law, housing, immigration, the legal process, benefits, seniors, veterans, taxes, and Native American issues. Links to courts, additional online resources, forms, a domestic violence hotline, and free legal clinics are also provided.
New Mexico Statutes and Court Rules
Search New Mexico statutes and court rules or browse the table of contents.
New Mexico Traffic and Motor Vehicle Information
The New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division offers information related to traffic laws, motor vehicle laws, driver's licenses, and driving records.
New Mexico Tribal Court Information
View information about the New Mexico Tribal-State Judicial Consortium and individual Tribal courts, with contact information, explanation of jurisdiction and collaboration between state and Tribal courts, and issues such as the Indian Child Welfare Act, domestic violence, and juvenile justice. Links to additional resources are provided.
Legal aid, free services, lawyer referral
Northwest New Mexico Free Civil Legal Services
DNA People's Legal Services provides free civil legal assistance to low-income residents of Rio Arriba and San Juan Counties, and to members of Native American tribes in the service area.
New Mexico Civil Legal Assistance
LawHelp New Mexico provides links to organizations that offer free civil legal services to income-eligible residents, with contact information and online applications. A domestic violence hotline and information about free legal clinics are also provided.
New Mexico Consumer Protection
The Consumer Protection Division of the Office of the Attorney General offers information about consumer complaints and a downloadable complaint form with instructions.
New Mexico Legal Advice and Self-Representation Guidance
Law Access New Mexico offers free civil legal advice by telephone to low-income residents, a schedule of free legal clinics and workshops, an online interview to help parties decide if they should represent themselves, and a link to information about landlord/tenant and other housing issues.
New Mexico Legal Services for Seniors
The State Bar of New Mexico's Legal Resources for the Elderly Program provides residents age 55 and over with free civil legal advice and brief services. Links to relevant publications, a calendar of workshops and legal clinics, and additional resources are included.
New Mexico Legal Workshops
The State Bar of New Mexico offers free workshops, including a question and answer period and some individual consultations, on consumer debt and bankruptcy, divorce, and landlord/tenant issues.
New Mexico Public Defender
The Law Offices of the Public Defender provide free legal assistance to indigent criminal defendants, and reduced-rate services to defendants who are not eligible based on income. Application instructions, eligibility guidelines, local office contacts, and information about the court process and constitutional rights are included.
New Mexico Attorney Complaints
View New Mexico Disciplinary Board procedures for making a complaint about an attorney for misconduct, or against a person for the unauthorized practice of law. Online and downloadable complaint forms are provided.
New Mexico Judge Complaints
The New Mexico Judicial Standards Commission offers instructions for filing a misconduct complaint against a judge, with links to disciplinary actions and opinions, an explanation of the complaint process, and a downloadable complaint form.
New Mexico Lawyer Disputes
View State Bar of New Mexico procedures for resolving disputes with lawyers, including the Client Assistance Program, Client Protection Fund, and fee dispute mediation and arbitration programs.
New Mexico Lawyers and Lawyer Referral
The State Bar of New Mexico offers a lawyer referral service by telephone, including an initial consultation, for a nominal fee. An online directory of member lawyers may be searched by name, firm name, county, practice area, and bar association section.
New Mexico Legal Services
The State Bar of New Mexico provides information about various state legal service programs, including services for the elderly, social service agencies, homeownership preservation, the Public Defender, and local resources.