Third Judicial District Court
Office of the Court Clerk
Welcome to the Office of the Court Clerk
The Court Executive Officer is the Clerk of the Court as defined in NMSA 1978, §34-6-19. The Clerk, through deputies in the Office of the Court Clerk, receives, endorses, and dockets all manner of pleadings, motions, and other litigation-related papers into the Court’s files and provides public access to those files in the manner and to the extent provided by law.
The Office of the Court Clerk is the processing center through which virtually all the court and case documents flow. These documents are issued, recorded and filed in accordance with New Mexico statutes and rules of the courts. The efficiency of the Clerk’s office is maintained to ensure that documents are processed accurately and on a timely basis. The Clerk’s office is also responsible for receiving and accounting for filing fees, fines, forfeitures, bonds, and other matters.
Scope of Court Clerk Services
Court Clerk staff can only provide informational assistance. They cannot provide legal assistance or advice.
Court Staff Will Provide:
- Assistance with research and case lookup.
- Information on case status, unless the case is sequestered [not available for public inspection].
- Copying, duplication and certification services.
- Information about Court schedules.
- General information about Court procedures and policies.
- Court approved forms.
- Scheduling for interpreter services.
Court Staff Will Not Provide:
- Any legal advice.
- Advice whether to file a case.
- Advice whether to take any action in a case.
- Assistance filling out forms for you or advice for what to state on a form.
- Advice for what to say in court.
- Speculation about a judge’s decision, sentencing or when a judge will sign court documents.
The Court Clerk’s staff can assist you in obtaining case information, case status and scheduling information. Case lookup also is available online from the New Mexico State Courts Web site (Click on “Case Lookup” on the Home Page.
Case lookup can be performed based on the name of any one of the parties, but research may be easier and faster if you can provide the full case number. Case numbers are comprised of five sections, for example: D-307-CV-2015-00999:
D indicates District Court.
307 indicates the code for Doña Ana County.
CV indicates the case category, for example, CV for Civil and CR for Criminal.
2015 indicates the year the case was filed.
00999 indicates a sequential number assigned to the case when it was filed