NEW MEXICO SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

Addresses and information on New Mexico small claims courts and filings.

A person can file a claim in small claims court if he/she has a dispute involving a certain amount of money with another person, company or government agency.

The amount that could be recovered is limited, and it varies from state to state (usually from $1,500 to 10,000 Dollars.)


Most common claims in small claims courts involve:

  • Auto Accidents - Someone dents your vehicle and refuses to pay for the repairs.
  • Small Loans - Someone refuses to pay you back the money he/she borrowed.
  • Defected New Products - Your new chair breaks but the store will not fix it or return your money.
  • Poor Services Rendered - A dry cleaning company ruins your favorite dress and will not pay for or replace it.
  • Landlord/Tenant Issues - The property owner or landlord refuses to return your security deposit, even after certifying the place was left in in good condition.

Small Claims Courts Requirements:

  • You must be at least 18 years of age. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the minor.)
  • Be of sound mind or mentally competent. (If not, a guardian appointed by the court will sue for the incapacitated.)
  • United States citizen and non-citizens can use the small claims court.
  • There are no juries in small claims courts.
  • No objections are allowed.
  • Either the plaintiff (the person who is suing) or the defendant (the person being sued) are allowed to speak with an attorney before coming to court, but lawyers are not allowed in the court with you. You must be a Pro Se litigant (represent yourself.)

Hearing dates are usually set on some evenings or on Saturday (once a month.)

Hearing is scheduled within 40 days in most cases (up to 70 days if one litigant does not live in the same county).

Things to bring to court:

Original copies of all papers you need to help prove the case (contracts, letters, rental agreements, canceled checks, deeds, repair bills, IOUs, diagrams, written damage estimates,  photographs or even drawings.)

2 photocopies of every original document. (one for the defendant, one for the court)

The piece of clothing or the appliance damaged by the defendant, if that's the case.

Any witness that could help the case. Some judges allow notarized statements by witness that cannot appear in court.

NEW MEXICO SMALL CLAIMS COURTS

District Court 102 N Canal St Carlsbad, NM 88220-5750 Phone:(575) 887-1649

2nd Judicial District Court 400 Lomas Blvd Nw Albuquerque, NM 87102-2222 Phone:(505) 841-7425

Catron County District Court Reserve, NM 87830 Phone:(575) 533-6774

District Court Office Santa Fe, NM 87501 Phone:(505) 476-0177

District Court Office Clerks Office Santa Fe, NM 87501 Phone:(505) 827-5072

First Judicial District Court 2 Main St Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575 Phone:(575) 588-0058

First Judicial District Court Rio Arriba County Courthouse Tierra Amarilla, NM 87575 Phone:(575) 588-0267

Harding County District Court 2977 Highway 39 Mosquero, NM 87733 Phone:(575) 673-2252

New Mexico District Court 851 Andrea Dr Farmington, NM 87401-6726 Phone:(505) 325-1631

New Mexico State Government District Court Clerks Office PO Box 5138 Santa Fe, NM 87502-5138 Phone:(505) 476-0189

San Juan County District Court 103 S Oliver Dr Aztec, NM 87410-2448 Phone:(505) 334-2581

Santa Fe County District Court 100 Catron St Santa Fe, NM 87501-1887 Phone:(505) 986-2441

Second Judical District Court 5100 2nd St Nw Albuquerque, NM 87107-4009 Phone:(505) 841-7458

United States Government Bankruptcy Court-District of New Mexico 500 Gold Ave Sw Fl 10th Albuquerque, NM 87102-3118 Phone:(505) 348-2500

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