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Dona Ana County Court Records

Dona Ana County court records refer to files created or submitted during judicial proceedings within county limits. Generally, these files are created when a criminal or civil case begins, and additional files are added as the case proceeds through the legal system. The judiciary maintains court records throughout a case history and makes them available to the public according to state laws.

The public availability of Dona Ana court records is part of governmental efforts to facilitate transparency in the New Mexico judicial system. It also supports case reviews for legal education and historical purposes. Generally, persons who obtain New Mexico court records can expect to find information like the litigants' personal details, a case summary, case actions, as well as the case outcome. Commonly sought court records in Dona Ana County, New Mexico, include motions, affidavits, summons, orders, and court transcripts.

Are Court Records Public in Dona Ana County?

Yes. Dona Ana County court records are public per the New Mexico Inspection of Public Records Act (IPRA). Access to court records is also regulated under the New Mexico case access policy. Per this law and policy, interested members of the public may obtain judicial records, aka court records, on civil and criminal cases.

Although state statutes and judicial policy facilitate access to case records, documents containing sensitive information are exempt from public access. For example, case records containing information about minors are restricted from unauthorized access. Similarly, third parties may not obtain information about unexecuted warrants in criminal cases or sealed documents in civil cases. Examples of sealed civil court documents include juvenile delinquency records, domestic violence affidavits, and adoption records.

It is still possible to access restricted or sealed case records under certain conditions. To obtain sealed court records, a requestor must petition a court of competent jurisdiction and prove reasonable cause. Essentially, a petition to obtain sealed case records must demonstrate that the requestor's need to access that record outweighs statutory privacy.

Dona Ana County Court Records Search

Persons who wish to lookup Dona Ana County case records have three main options:

  • Online search on court databases
  • In-person search at the court location
  • Mail request sent to the custodian
  • Lookup the information on aggregate websites

The New Mexico judiciary maintains a central cloud repository where interested persons may obtain court records. Local courts also maintain their case search portals. Where online access is insufficient or limited, a person may visit the record custodian's office in person during business hours to find case records. Alternatively, they may accomplish the same objective by mailing a letter to the record custodian's office.

Dona Ana County Court Records Search by Name

To look up Dona Ana County court records by name, visit the case search portal maintained by the New Mexico judiciary or local clerk's office. Generally, searchers must know the defendant's or plaintiff's name. Providing the presiding judge's name or the names of the representing attorneys may also facilitate record retrieval.

Generally, online name-based searches are free, but access to case documents may be limited. In such cases, persons who wish to obtain physical copies or get certified court records may visit the clerk's office or send a letter. However, this option often requires covering the costs of retrieving, copying, and certifying the documents.

Dona Ana County Courts

The courts in Dona Ana County are part of the Third Judicial District. Courts in this district include the district court, magistrate courts, municipal courts, and probate courts. The district court is a court of general jurisdiction and adjudicates serious criminal and civil cases. The magistrate court has limited jurisdiction over civil cases less than $10,000, as well as misdemeanors and traffic violations. Cases in magistrate courts are decided by a jury.

Meanwhile, municipal courts share a similar jurisdiction with magistrate courts, except that no jury trials exist. Probate courts in Dona Ana County have limited jurisdiction over informal probate hearings and uncontested estates.

The contact information of Dona Ana County courts are as follows:

Dona Ana County 3rd Judicial District Court
Dona Ana County Courthouse
201 West Picacho Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (575) 523-8200

 

Dona Ana County Magistrate Court - Anthony Circuit
935 Anthony Drive
P.O. Box 1259
Anthony, NM 88021
Phone: (575) 233-3147
Fax: (575) 882-0113

 

Dona Ana County Magistrate Court - Divisions I-VI
110 Calle de Alegra
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (575) 524-2814
Fax: (575) 525-2951

 

Dona Ana County Magistrate Court - Hatch Circuit
Chile Capitol Lane
P.O. Box 896, Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: (575) 267-5202
Fax: (575) 267-5088

 

Dona Ana County Probate Court
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM 88007
Phone: (575) 525-6132
Fax: (575) 525-6159

 

Anthony Municipal Court
824 Highway 478
P.O. Box 2525
Anthony, NM 88021
Phone: (575) 882-5722
Fax: (575) 882-2275

 

Hatch Municipal Court
135 Chile Capitol Lane
Hatch, NM 87937
Phone: (575) 267-5216

 

Las Cruces Municipal Court
135 East Griggs Avenue
P.O. Box 20000
Las Cruces, NM 88004
Phone: (575) 541-2224
Fax: (575) 541-2184

 

Mesilla Municipal Court
2231 Avenida de Mesilla
P.O. Box 1517
Mesilla, NM 88046
Phone: (575) 524-1091
Fax: (575) 647-9140

 

Sunland Park Municipal Court
1000 McNutt Road, Suite F
Sunland Park, NM 88063
Phone: (575) 589-0709
Fax: (575) 874-3866

Dona Ana County District Court Case Search

The Dona Ana County District Court is a court of general jurisdiction. This court hears, holds jury trials, and adjudicates civil cases involving tort, contract, real property rights, and estates. It also has exclusive jurisdiction over juvenile delinquency, domestic relations, and mental health. The District Court also has jurisdiction over misdemeanor and felony criminal cases. Appeals from the lower magistrate, municipal, and probate courts go to the District Court.

Interested persons may lookup Dona Ana County District Court case records online. To do a case search:

  • Visit the New Mexico judiciary case lookup portal
  • Read and accept the terms of use
  • Enter a name for a name-based search or case number to lookup records by case number
  • Select "Limit search to case numbers with":
  • Choose "District Court" from the Court Type options
  • Select "307 - Las Cruces" from the Court Location options
  • Click Search.

Upon searching, the system will return a list of matching results. The results table will contain the case number, party name, case title, judge's name, and filing date. To access more information about a case of interest, click the case number. Doing this will provide the case details, including the names of other parties to the case, information about past and scheduled hearings, and a register of actions that have been taken on the case since inception.

The results from the online case search should suffice for general inquiries. However, case documents are not usually available through the online case lookup portal. So, requestors who need to obtain case files must contact the clerk's office directly.

Dona Ana County Magistrate Court Records

The Dona Ana County Magistrate Court is a trial court of limited jurisdiction. It holds jury trials for civil cases less than $10,000, involving tort, contract, and landlord/tenant rights. The magistrate court also holds preliminary hearings for felony cases and adjudicates misdemeanors, DWI, and other traffic violation cases. Information about cases adjudicated by the Dona Ana County Magistrate Court is also available via the state judiciary case lookup portal.

Dona Ana County Criminal Records

Criminal history records of Dona Ana County residents are available through the New Mexico Law Enforcement Records Bureau. Third parties may obtain criminal records on a person of interest by submitting an IPRA request to the Records Bureau. However, the availability of the information may be limited. On the other hand, record subjects may obtain their comprehensive criminal history record by submitting a notarized background check form. The Records Bureau charges $15.00 per record check, payable cashier's check or money order made to the Department of Public Safety. Enclose the completed request form, a self-addressed stamped envelope, and payment in a separate manila envelope addressed to:

New Mexico Department of Public Safety
ATTN: Records
P.O. Box 1628
Santa Fe, NM 87504-1628.

Obtaining a criminal record takes seven to 15 working days. However, people who merely wish to obtain arrest records about people in custody may obtain them faster online from the Dona Ana County sheriff's office. The Sheriff's Office maintains an inmate log where interested persons may find information about an arrested person and the circumstances surrounding their arrest.

Dona Ana County Criminal Court Case Lookup

Records of criminal cases adjudicated by the Dona Ana County trial courts are available to Interested persons via the New Mexico judiciary case search portal. Searchers may look up criminal court case records by name or case number. They may also filter search results by filing date, court, and location.

Alternatively, interested persons may lookup criminal court cases by visiting the Clerk's Office during business hours. As is the case with online searches, administrative staff will require details to facilitate the search, including the case filing date, party name, or case number.

Dona Ana County Clerk's Office
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 527-9857

Get Dona Ana County Civil Court Records

Civil court records refer to documents generated in non-criminal cases like torts, contract disputes, landlord/tenant disputes, and real property rights. These documents typically include motions, affidavits, judgments, court opinions, transcripts, and subpoenas, among others. Civil court records are available to interested members of the public online or in person at the Court Clerk's Office.

To access Dona Ana County civil court records online, visit the New Mexico case search portal or the Third Judicial District court docket. Requestors may find civil court records by name or case number. A search will generally reveal the defendant's full name, case number, filing date, and summary details. Alternatively, interested persons may lookup civil court cases by visiting the Clerk's Office during business hours. The same requirements apply to looking up records online. In addition, requestors may have to cover the cost of finding, copying, and certifying case files.

Dona Ana County Clerk's Office
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 527-9857

Dona Ana County Family Court Records

Dona Ana County family court records are documents created or filed during proceedings on domestic relations (divorce, child and spousal support, custody, protection, and domestic violence) and juveniles. These records are presumed public per the New Mexico IPRA. In practice, however, public availability depends on whether the case file contains sensitive information. For example, court records containing information about minors are not available to the public.

To find family court case details online, search the New Mexico judiciary case lookup portal using the plaintiff's or defendant's name. Name-based searches only require the party's last name, but providing additional details like the first name and the case filing date may help filter for the most relevant results. However, the information available on the case lookup portal is limited. Hence, persons who wish to obtain detailed court records must contact the Clerk's Office directly.

Generally, online searches will provide information on the defendant and plaintiff, as well as summaries of actions taken on the case to date. Searchers will also find information on case status, assigned judges, and hearing schedules. These details can help interested persons monitor the adjudication status of family court cases.

Dona Ana County Dissolution of Marriage Records

Persons who wish to obtain dissolution of marriage records in Dona Ana County have two options.

  • Find case details online via the New Mexico judiciary case lookup portal. This option is free and advised for finding case summaries.
  • Visit the Clerk's Office in person or send a mail request. This option is recommended for obtaining comprehensive case records. Requestors may need to cover the cost of finding, copying, and certifying records.

Dona Ana County Marriage and Divorce Records

Dona Ana County marriage records are official documents issued to the effect of legal marital unions in the county. Divorce records, on the other hand, are documents issued after the legal termination of a marriage or marital union. Both records are part of Dona Ana County vital records. Marriage records in Dona Ana County are available via the Clerk's Office, while the divorce records are only available at the District Court where the divorce decree was issued.

Only authorized persons—typically the persons named on the record, their immediate family members, or authorized representatives—may obtain certified copies of Dona Ana County marriage and divorce records. These individuals must provide a government-issued photo I.D. to confirm their eligibility.

To obtain a marriage record, visit the Clerk's Office in person during business hours or submit an online document request. Each certified copy of a marriage record from the Clerk's Office costs $25.00. To obtain Dona Ana County divorce records, visit the District Court in person during business hours.

Dona Ana County Clerk's Office
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 527-9857

 

Dona Ana County 3rd Judicial District Court
Dona Ana County Courthouse
201 West Picacho Avenue
Las Cruces, NM 88005
Phone: (575) 523-8200

Dona Ana County Birth and Death Records

Birth records are issued at the time of birth, while death records are issued after a person becomes deceased. Both records are part of Dona Ana County's vital records. Generally, birth records are required when enrolling in school, obtaining a social security number, or official documents, e.g., a passport. Death records are typically required to process public benefits, e.g., survivors' benefits under social security, life insurance claims, and settling estates.

Dona Ana County birth and death records are only available to eligible persons within 100 years of creation. Third parties may obtain older records without restriction. However, access is restricted to the record subject, their immediate family members, and authorized representatives for more recent records. These individuals must provide a valid photo I.D. before obtaining the record.

Eligible persons may obtain Dona Ana County birth and death records from the County Health Center or the Vital Statistics Bureau of the New Mexico Department of Health. Each record costs $10.00.

Dona Ana County Health Center
1170 North Solano, Suite A
Las Cruces, NM 88001
Phone: (575) 528-5046

 

New Mexico Department of Health
Vital Statistics Bureau
1105 St. Francis Drive
Santa Fe, NM 87505
Phone: (505) 827-0121

Dona Ana County Probate Court Records

Dona Ana County probate court records contain information about the adjudication of a deceased person's wills, estate, and survivors' inheritance. They are available to the public directly from the Clerk's Office or online via the documents search page.

Dona Ana County Clerk's Office
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, New Mexico 88007
Phone: (575) 647-7421
Fax: (575) 527-9857

Dona Ana County Property Records

Dona Ana County property records are documents containing information about real estate located in Dona Ana County. The information available in these documents includes a physical description of the property as well as ownership information. Property records that are often of public interest include plats, maps, deeds, and tax documents.

The Dona Ana County Property Assessor is the custodian of property records. Interested persons may obtain property records by visiting the Assessor's office or searching the property records database.

Dona Ana County Assessor's Office
845 North Motel Boulevard
Las Cruces, NM 88007
Phone: (575) 647-7400

Dona Ana County Court Records Online

Governmental sources of Dona Ana County court records facilitate public access to information. However, the information is typically split across several custodians, making access to information challenging and time-consuming. Third-party search sites like Newmexicocourtrecords.us can help expedite the process.

Interested persons may find Dona Ana County court records online through independent aggregate websites that offer relatively convenient, fast access to public records. However, note that these sources are not affiliated with the government. So, despite the convenience of third-party search sites, there is no guarantee of the completeness or accuracy of the records obtained.

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