Welcome to the Third Judicial District Court which encompasses Doña Ana County, in the state of New Mexico. To find us on the map click on COURT LOCATION.

Welcome to the Third Judicial District Court which encompasses Doña Ana County, in the state of New Mexico. To find us on the map click on COURT LOCATION.

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 JURORS for more information.

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 JURORS for more information.

Are you representing yourself, without a lawyer?  The Self-Represented Litigants Division can help you.  Click on PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAWYER for more information.

Are you representing yourself, without a lawyer? The Self-Represented Litigants Division can help you. Click on PEOPLE WITHOUT A LAWYER for more information.

If you posted a Cash Bail Bond that has been exonerated you can receive a refund if certain conditions are met.  Click on CASH BOND REFUNDS for more information.

If you posted a Cash Bail Bond that has been exonerated you can receive a refund if certain conditions are met. Click on CASH BOND REFUNDS for more information.

Adult, Juvenile and Family Drug Court Programs are an alternative to incarceration and give significant community service.  Please click on PROGRAMS to find the three Drug Courts.

Adult, Juvenile and Family Drug Court Programs are an alternative to incarceration and give significant community service. Please click on PROGRAMS to find the three Drug Courts.

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 Doña 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 Fernando R. Macias 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.  Cell phones may be permitted in the Courtroom but must remain off or set to vibrate.  Phones ringing in courtrooms may be seized by security personnel and may not be returned immediately.

Parties are expected to act and dress appropriately in Court.  Short shorts, tank tops, ball caps and sunglasses should not be worn in the Courtroom.  Parties should refrain from chewing gum while their case is being litigated.  Use of tobacco products is prohibited inside the Courthouse.

Notices From the Clerk
PHONE SCAM ALERT: COURTS ARE NOT CALLING YOU ABOUT WARRANTS
September 2, 2014
Judge Fernando R. Macias elected Chief Judge to assume the position on Jan. 1, 2014
December 11, 2013
Court Closed Dec. 31st, 2013 and Jan. 1st, 2014 - New Year's
November 20, 2013
Court Closed Dec. 24 and Dec. 25th, 2013 for the Holidays.
November 20, 2013
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Main Court Phone Number:

575-523-8200

Hours of Operation

The Court operates Monday through Friday from 8:00 am. to 12:00 noon, and from 1:00 to 5:00 pm.  The Court is closed from 12:00 to 1:00 pm. daily.  

The Court is not open on official holidays. 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.

Financial Transactions

Routine financial transactions can only be made until 4:00 pm daily.  No financial transactions are accepted after 4:00 pm except in emergencies which affect someone bonding out of jail or other such critical matter.