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Courthouses in the Eleventh Judicial District, including all District and Magistrate Courts located in McKinley and San Juan Counties, WILL REMAIN OPEN during regular business hours. Courthouses WILL NOT be closed while area schools are closed for the remainder of the school year.

With the severity of the influenza season and new cases of the Coronavirus (COVID-19) in New Mexico, the Eleventh Judicial District & Magistrate Courts have been closely monitoring this evolving situation to maintain a safe and healthy court environment for all visitors and staff.

To access Press Releases, Orders of the Court and other information, please see New Mexico Court’s COVID-19 Coronavirus Information Page by clicking on the following link: https://www.nmcourts.gov/covid-19

ACCESS TO COURTHOUSE

The courts are relying on long-standing plans and procedures to protect the public, employees and stakeholders, contain the spread of infectious diseases of all kinds, and ensure ongoing access to justice.

Plans for Resumption of Full Operations Approved by the New Mexico Supreme Court

Click to view: SAN JUAN COUNTY DISTRICT & MAGISTRATE COURTS

Court Location Reopening Plan Found on Pages:
Aztec District 1 – 76 (76 pages)
Aztec Magistrate 77 – 132 (56 pages)
Farmington District 133 – 175 (43 pages)
Farmington Magistrate 176 – 239 (64 pages)
Gallup District 240 – 283 (44 Pages)
Gallup Magistrate 284 – 326 (43 Pages)

PLEASE NOTE: THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT WILL ALWAYS FOLLOW THE MOST CURRENT SUPREME COURT ORDER AS IT IMPACTS THE OPERATIONS OF THE COURT. WE WILL AMEND OUR PLANS AS NEW ORDERS ARE AMENDED OR INTRODUCED.

CORONAVIRUS & THE COURTS: UPDATE
PROTECTIVE FACE COVERINGS REQUIRED IN ALL COURTHOUSES

Effective May 15, 2020, any person entering a New Mexico courthouse or judicial building must wear a mask or other protective face covering to help control the spread of COVID-19.

“State health officials have made it abundantly clear that if each of us wears a mask in public we can help slow the spread of COVID-19 and save lives,” said Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura. “Our courts provide essential services to the public so we continue to take all steps necessary to safeguard the health and well-being of people who work in or need to visit a courthouse.”

Individuals should consider the following prior to entering District and Magistrate Courthouses in the Eleventh Judicial District:

Every person entering a courthouse must wear a mask, submit to and pass a temperature screening and truthfully answer eight (10) questions below (revised 03-11-21).  Anyone who has a temperature of 100.4 or above will not be permitted to enter the courthouse.

  1. Within the past 10 days, have you traveled outside of the United States?  (If you are a participant in a court proceeding that is occurring today or court ordered to be here, please answer “other”) 
  2. Within the past 10 days, have you traveled to another state?  (If you are a participant in a court proceeding that is occurring today or court ordered to be here, please answer “other”)
  3. Have you been asked by the New Mexico Department of Health to self-quarantine because of COVID-19 and are you still within the quarantine period?
  4. Within the past 14 days, have you been diagnosed with COVID-19 by a doctor?
  5. Within the past 14 days, have you had a positive test results for COVID-19 from a testing center or by the Department of Health?
  6. Have you taken a COVID-19 test and are still waiting for the test results?
  7. In the past 10 days, have you been in contact with anyone who you know has COVID-19, or with someone who is required to self-quarantine?
  8. Within the past 14 days, have you had a fever at or above 100.4 degrees, chills, sore throat, body aches, congestion or runny nose, nausea or vomiting, diarrhea, headaches?
  9. Within the past 14 days, have you developed a new shortness of breath, difficulty breathing, or dry cough?
  10. Have you recently developed a loss of taste or smell?

If your business with the court is urgent or if you have a scheduled appointment or are otherwise required to appear in person at a court proceeding at one of the courthouses, you are permitted to enter as long as you have answered “no” to questions #1 – #10. If you answer “yes” to any of questions #1 – #10 on the day of your court appearance, do not go to the courthouse and contact the following:

  • If you are represented by an attorney, please contact your attorney.
  • If you are not represented by an attorney, please contact the Judge’s chambers to make arrangements to appear by telephone or by video conference.
  • If you are an attorney, please contact the Judge’s chambers to make arrangements to appear by telephone or by video conference.
  • If you are a juror, please contact the Jury Division for the most current information.
  • If you are a witness, please contact the attorney who told you to go to the courthouse.

For all other members of the public, if you answer “yes” to any of questions #1 – #8, you are not permitted to enter the courthouse.

We are monitoring this situation with communication and guidance from the New Mexico Department of Health (NMDOH), the World Health Organization (WHO) and the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). You may access websites by clicking on the following links:

New Mexico Department of Health’s website: https://cv.nmhealth.org/World Health Organization’s website: https://www.who.int/emergencies/diseases/novel-coronavirus-2019Center for Disease Control and Prevention’s website: https://www.cdc.gov

SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF COVID-19 INFECTION

Signs and symptoms of the COVID-19 infection include fever, cough, and difficulty breathing. The influenza also presents similar symptoms but is caused by a different virus. According to the DOH, influenza is currently widespread in New Mexico and most of the United States. The DOH also asserts that influenza remains a higher risk to our community.

Hand sanitizing stations have been installed throughout all courthouses. Cleaning staff is thoroughly disinfecting restrooms every 2 hours, door handles and other commonly-touched surfaces.

What you should do to stay healthy and prevent illness:

  • Wash your hands often with soap and water for at least 20 seconds. If soap and water are not available, use an alcohol-based hand sanitizer.
  • Avoid touching your eyes, nose, and mouth with unwashed hands.
  • Practice social distancing, and avoid shaking hands and hugging.
  • Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a tissue, and immediately dispose of the tissue.
  • Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
  • You should not leave your house if you have a fever, and the fever should be gone for 24 hours without medication before leaving your home.

Conducting Hearings Via Teleconference Is Among New Measures In Keeping Courts Open During the COVID-19 Crisis

To Members of the Press and Public:

If you are a litigant, a witness or other participant in a court proceeding and have been told by the Judge or attorney in the court proceeding to go to the Court building in person, you are expected to go to the Court building. Refer to the “Access to the Court” section of this web page below for further instructions.

Due to the COVID-19 public health emergency and limitation of group gatherings to 15 people, members of the press and public are able to attend court proceedings telephonically at all Magistrate and District Court locations in the Eleventh Judicial District.

In order to do so, notification must be made to the clerk’s office or judge’s staff at least two (2) days in advance of the proceeding. When calling the court, please be prepared to give the judge’s name, court case number, date and time of the hearing in order to receive the toll-free telephone number and access code.

Judges names and appropriate court location telephone numbers are as follows:

Magistrate Court Locations

Court Location Judge Name Telephone Number
Aztec Magistrate Court Reed-Chase, McDaniel, Biel 505-334-9479
Farmington Magistrate Court Hawkinson, Scott, Cordell 505-326-4338
Gallup Magistrate Court Sanders, Ionta, Yazzie 505-722-6636

District Court Locations

Court Location Judge Name Telephone Number
Aztec District Court Gurley, Marsh, Townsend 505-334-6151
Farmington District Court Dalley, Weaver 505-326-2256
Gallup District Court Aragon, DePauli, Pederson 505-863-6816

Child Support / Domestic Violence cases heard by Commissioner Kyle M. Finch

County Court Location Telephone Number
McKinley Gallup District Court 505-863-6816
San Juan Aztec District Court 505-334-6151
San Juan Farmington District Court 505-326-2256

PLEASE BEWARE OF JURY SCAMS

The Eleventh Judicial District Court will not ever attempt to make contact with you via telephone, email, or employ bonding companies to notify you of warrants issued by the Court for failure to appear for Jury Duty or for any other matter.

If you have been contacted in this manner, you are advised to report it to local law enforcement.

Aztec District Court

103 S Oliver Dr. Aztec, NM 87410
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Farmington District Court

851 Andrea Dr. Farmington, NM 87401
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Gallup District Court

207 E Hill Ave. Gallup, NM 87301
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ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT’S INCLEMENT WEATHER POLICY

THE ELEVENTH JUDICIAL DISTRICT COURT FOLLOWS THE LOCAL SCHOOL POLICIES PERTAINING TO WEATHER DELAYS AND CLOSURES FOR THE CITY IN WHICH THE COURTHOUSE IS LOCATED AND WHERE HEARINGS ARE SCHEDULED TO OCCUR. PLEASE CHECK LOCAL TELEVISION STATIONS FOR THE MOST UP-TO-DATE INFORMATION POSTED REGARDING COURT DELAY OR CLOSURE.

Current weather delays and/or closures will be announced on the local news channels and its websites.

The following links will be updated as early as possible in the event of questionable weather.

For more information please see the Inclement Weather Policy