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Third Judicial District Court
Welcome to the Third Judicial District Court which encompasses Doña Ana County, in the state of New México. The Courthouse is open from 8:00 a.m to 4:00 p.m. including the noon hour. The court main phone number is 575.523.8200.
Have you been summoned for jury duty?
As a juror you will play a significant role in ensuring that justice is carried out fairly and impartially. Click on JURY INFORMATION or the PHOTO.
Are you representing yourself, without a lawyer?
The Self-Help Program (Pro Se) can assist you. Click on SELF HELP or the PHOTO for more information.
Drug Court Programs
Have you deposited a cash bail bond? You may be entitled to a cash refund under certain conditions.
Click on CASH BOND REFUNDS under Services page or the PHOTO for information.
Welcome to Third Judicial District Court
The Third Judicial District Court is a state court of general jurisdiction located in Las Cruces, New Mexico. The Court encompasses the same geographic area as Dona Ana County. It is bordered by the Twelfth Judicial District (Otero and Lincoln Counties), the Sixth Judicial District (Luna, Grant and Hildago Counties) and the Seventh Judicial District (Sierra, Catron and Socorro Counties). See a map of the state Judicial Districts.
The Court has jurisdiction over criminal cases, domestic relations (divorce, child support and custody, domestic violence), probate cases, children’s court (abuse and neglect of children, juvenile delinquency, adoptions) and all general civil cases (auto accidents, contract disputes, real property disputes, violation of civil rights). There are eight District Court Judges, one Child Support Hearing Officer and one part-time Domestic Violence Special Commissioner, who hear cases. Please see the Judges page for more information.
Chief Judge Conrad F. Perea is the Administrative Authority of the Court. He is assisted by the Court Executive Officer, who is the Clerk of the Court.
Mission of the Court
The Third Judicial District Court has two related but distinct functions:
First: The Court delivers speedy, accurate, impartial, and legally correct decisions and judgments to resolve legal disputes between and among individuals, private organizations, business entities, and State and local government.
The Court carries out this core constitutional function through a variety of means including jury trials, bench trials, treatment Court programs, mediation, and alternative dispute resolution.
The Court strives for accessibility to all persons and entities whether represented by counsel or pro se (where that is authorized) while adhering closely to the principles of due process and equal protection of the law.
Second: The Court maintains current, accurate and readily accessible records of every case brought before it. Such records are maintained with strict adherence to the statutes and Court rules that govern the creation and maintenance of such public and nonpublic records.
Finally: In all that it does, the Court makes efficient use of all public resources provided to it by the citizens and residents of the State of New Mexico and is accountable at all times to the public through its representatives for the use of those resources.
Courthouse Security and Protocol
All persons entering the Third Judicial District Courthouse are subject to security screenings. No weapons of any kind (including penknives on key chains) are permitted in the building. There are no cellphones, smart watches, purses, food, and beverages permitted in the Courthouse.
Parties are expected to act and dress appropriately in Court. Shorts, flip flops, tank tops, ball caps and sunglasses should not be worn in the Courtrooms. Parties should refrain from chewing gum while their case is being litigated. Use of tobacco products is prohibited inside the Courthouse.
Important Notice to Jurors:
Be Aware: The Court’s policy is not to contact prospective or active jurors to request personal information such as social security or credit card numbers.
District Court Daily Jury Duty Schedule:
Magistrate Court Daily Jury Duty Schedule:
Jury information for the Dona Ana county Magistrate Court. The court will send out electronic notifications throughout the month notifying jurors when to report for jury duty.
Any questions please contact the Magistrate court 575-524-9271.
201 W. Picacho Ave.
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Main phone number
Hours of Operation
The Courthouse is open from 8:00 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. including the noon hour.
Please contact the following BEFORE coming into the Courthouse, as we may be able to assist you over the phone:
Clerk’s office – 575-528-8316 (information about your case)
Jury Division – 575-528-8308 (information about jury service)
Self-Help Division – 575-528-8399 (information about pro se forms, steps and process).
The holiday calendar can be found here.
Reminders of when the court will be closed are posted at the main entrance and other locations in the court as a public service.
Routine financial transactions can only be made until 4 p.m. daily. No financial transactions are accepted after 4 p.m. except in emergencies which affect someone bonding out of jail or other such critical matter.
The Third 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 its 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 Third Judicial District Court should contact its ADA Coordinator, Jodie Delgado, at (575) 528-8382 or by email: firstname.lastname@example.org as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.
Third Judicial District Court Website Disclaimer
This website was created by the Third Judicial District Court solely as a public service. The Court does not warrant the accuracy of the information displayed by this website nor is it responsible for any errors or omissions and assumes no liability for its use, availability or compatibility with website users’ software or computers. This information is by necessity general in nature and is not intended as legal advice, but rather information which may be useful in understanding how courts in New Mexico operate. For legal advice, you should contact a lawyer.