Fee Policy and Schedule

Fee Policy of the Court

Unless waived by an order of the Court, a filing fee shall be collected in civil matters in the amount prescribed by law.

Filing fees, jury deposits or other fees collected by the Clerk cannot be refunded.

Fees can be paid to the Clerk by attorney business firm checks, cash, money order or certified check.  No personal checks shall be accepted.  (Rule 1-099 NMRA 2004).

No fees or costs shall be levied against a state, city, county, or nonprofit corporation authorized under the Educational Assistance Act. (NMSA 1978, 34-6-40 (B) (2001)).

No fees or costs shall be levied against any U. S. government agency. (28 C. F. R. 20.30, 38).  

Services required to be performed by district court clerks are without charge where the law prescribes no fee. (NMSA 1978, 34-6-43).

Fee Schedule

File a civil or children's case:      $132.00  NMSA 1978, 34-6-40 (2001) NMSA 1978, 34-6-44, 34-6-45 (1994)

File a domestic relations case:  $137.00  NMSA 1978, 34-6-40 (2001) NMSA 1978, 40-12-6

Appeal a criminal case from Magistrate Court: $35.00  NMSA 1978, 35-13-2 (1996)

Appeal a case from Municipal Court:                  $20.00 

6 Person Civil jury trial:    $150.00/day

12 Person Civil jury trial:  $300.00/day        Rule 1-038 NMRA 2004 

Certification $1.50   Rule 1-099 NMRA 2004 

Exemplification   $4.50   Rule 1-099 NMRA 2004     

Photo copy $  .35 per page   Rule 1-099 NMRA 2004 

Tape or CD duplication $4.00 per tape or CD    

Record search $1.50 per name - $5.00 prior to 1986

Refund Policy

Pursuant to Local Rule 13-601, jury and case filing fees are non-refundable in whole or in part.  This no refund policy is strictly enforced in the Third Judical District Court.  Fees must be paid when the action is filed and will not be refunded for any reason including dismissal, mistake or error, once the payment has been received.


Methods of Payment

Personal checks and credit cards are not accepted.

Acceptable forms of payment are:  Cash, Money Order or Cashier's Check.  Make money orders and checks payable to Third Judicial District Court.

Attorneys may pay fees by official business firm checks.