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New Mexico Court Records

Court records are required for numerous reasons, including providing a statute of law history when filing a new case, personal law research and education, as well as a useful resource for tracking vital and genealogical records. Increasing use of the Internet and capabilities of online storage has opened up a world of availability for the public and law professionals alike to access court records with ease from their computers. This takes out the legwork of acquiring individual documents in person at state and local courthouses and law libraries.

In New Mexico there are multiple levels in the judiciary system all producing important court records including the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, 13 District Courts, Magistrate Courts, Metropolitan Court, Municipal Court, and Probate Court.

New Mexico Court Records

History of New Mexico Courts

New Mexico achieved statehood in 1912, and in that same year the Supreme Court was established with three justices. Seventeen years later the court grew to five justices which is the number still today. In 1966 legislation passed to establish the New Mexico Court of Appeals to ease the caseload of the Supreme Court. Both judicial entities have expanded since their creation; with the Court of Appeals growing from seven justices to ten to continually handle to influx of appellate cases by presiding over multiple cases with a few justices per panel to sentence more efficiently.

New Mexico Court Statistics

New Mexico Courts recieve 367,530 filings per year. In 2016, the state court caseload counted 361,866 filings and had 425,318 dispositions.

Total State Caseloads

Year Caseloads
2013 385,334
2014 367,855
2015 355,065
2016 361,866

New Mexico Court Records Availability

The New Mexico Supreme Court is located in the historic Supreme Court Building downtown Santa Fe, the same location also houses one of the largest law libraries in the state with records filed annually since 1912. With a rich history in Native American culture, the New Mexico law library uniquely features a Tribal Law division organized by tribe, topic, and treaties where additional court records and references can be studied.

Additionally, criminal and civil court records are available in person and online from the Supreme Court, Court of Appeals, and District Courts. Internet searches can also produce court records from New Mexican courts with smaller jurisdictions such as the Magistrate, Probate, and Municipal Courts.

Share of Court Type Incoming Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Domestic Relations: 40,240 (100.0 %)

Share of Court Type Outgoing Caseloads

Court Type Caseloads
Domestic Relations: 40,073 (100.0 %)

New Mexico Main Court Information

The jurisdiction of the Supreme Court is to hear cases dealing with the interpretation of the state and federal constitution, direct appeals for cases with life sentencing, and as an authority to provide disciplinary action towards New Mexico judges and attorneys.

The Court of Appeals of New Mexico has two locations, one in Santa Fe and a satellite location in Albuquerque. The justices of this court work in panels of three and must have a ruling of two thirds to provide a motion for each case. The Court of Appeals jurisdiction covers civil, non-capital criminal and juvenile cases.

There are 33 counties of New Mexico grouped together into 13 judicial districts. The state’s District Courts have jurisdiction over their assigned districts and many have judicial complexes to house a courtroom, offices and detention cells.

Family Court Cases

Year Domestic Relations Caseload Total Statewide Caseload
2013 40,628 385,334
2014 40,240 367,855
2015 34,967 355,065
2016 43,588 361,866

Domestic Relations Clearance Rates

Year Incoming Caseload Outgoing Caseload Caseload per 100,000 Population
2013 40,628 40,878 1,948
2014 40,240 40,073 1,929
2015 34,967 52,585 1,677
2016 43,588 65,977 2,095

States with More & Less Domestic Relation Caseloads than New Mexico

More Domestic Relations Cases than New Mexico:

State: Caseload:
New York 570,709
Texas 397,468
California 388,903
Pennsylvania 342,163
Virginia 342,040

Less Domestic Relations Cases than New Mexico:

State: Caseload:
Kansas 34,696
Iowa 34,221
Nebraska 32,394
Utah 23,967
Idaho 22,769

New Mexico Caseload Statistics

The Supreme Court of New Mexico had a caseload of 562 filings and 533 dispositions for the fiscal year of 2014. The Court of Appeals handles an average of 900 court cases annually.

New Mexico Criminal Caseloads

The number of criminal cases in New Mexico counts 96,364 with 48,681 felony cases and 47,683 misdemeanors accordingly.

Year Criminal Caseload Misdemeanor Caseload Felony Caseload
2014 98,268 49,107 48,482
2015 106,630 46,234 46,930
2016 108,603 48,681 47,683

State Civil Caseload & Clearance Rates

Year Civil Caseload Clearance Rate
2015 81,805 113
2016 84,909 116