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Get Free Legal Help at Law-La-Palooza on May 2, 2019

The Second Judicial District Court Pro Bono Committee and the Volunteer Attorney Program will host a Law-La-Palooza free legal fair of the year on Thursday, May 2, 2019. The event will take place at the Alamosa Community Center, 6900 Gonzales Rd., SW in Albuquerque, 3:00 PM to 6:00 PM. Learn More

Judicial Externship Gives UNM Law Student Lessons in Law and Life By Richard Azar

In Plato’s Allegory of the Cave, Plato describes a group of people who have lived chained to the wall of a cave all of their lives, facing a blank wall. The people watch shadows projected on the wall from objects passing in front of a fire behind them, these shadows are the prisoners’ reality. Learn More

Many Self-Represented Litigants Resolved Cases Quickly at Peter Johnstone Day

Thirty-six family court cases were fully resolved during the Second Judicial District Court’s recent Peter H. Johnstone Pro Se/Pro Bono Mediation Day. Learn More

Afghan Officials Visited Second Judicial District Court in Search of Best Practices for Handling Domestic Violence Cases

A delegation from Afghanistan—including a prosecutor and a police officer—visited the Second Judicial District Court in April as part of a trip to learn how U.S. courts handle domestic violence cases. Learn More

Seeking Contract Attorneys to support Assisted Outpatient Treatment

Assisted outpatient treatment (AOT) is a civil court ordered program of delivering community-based treatment to adults with serious mental illness who are found by a judge, in consideration of prior incarcerations or hospitalizations, to be unlikely to adhere to prescribed treatment on a voluntary basis. Learn More

REAL ID Free Legal Fair Coming to Albuquerque Convention Center, Saturday, March 23.

A host of professionals—from attorneys and judges to representatives from the New Mexico Motor Vehicle Division and the Bureau of Vital Records—will be at the Albuquerque Convention Center on Saturday, March 23, 2019 to help people navigate the REAL ID process. Learn More

Supervisor of Interpreter Services is Second District Court’s ‘Distinguished Performer’

More than 3,600 times last year alone, someone involved in a Second Judicial District Court proceeding needed spoken words or written text interpreted from English into their native language. Each time, Court Interpreter Supervisor Rosa Lopez-Gaston was responsible for making sure it happened. Learn More

Second Judicial District Launches Specialty Court for Individuals with Serious Mental Illness

The Second Judicial District Court collaborated with the City of Albuquerque to secure funding for a specialty court in which the University of New Mexico’s Psychiatric Center (“UPC”) can request court-appointed outpatient treatment and support for individuals with a serious mental illness. Learn More

The Honorable Stan Whitaker is the New Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District Court

The Honorable Stan Whitaker is the new Chief Judge of the Second Judicial District Court, following a unanimous vote by his colleagues on the bench.

Judge Nash Reflects on her Time with the Second Judicial District Court

SJDC Chief Judge Nan Nash retired on December 31, 2018. Before officially stepping down, Judge Nash took some time to reflect on what has been a truly outstanding public service career. Learn More


The Second Judicial District Court will make all reasonable accommodations and reasonable modifications to policies and programs to ensure that people with disabilities have an equal opportunity to enjoy all of is programs, services and activities.  Anyone who requires an auxiliary aid or service for effective communication or a modification of policies or procedures to participate in a service, program, or activity of the Second Judicial District Court should contact its ADA Coordinator, Art Gallegos, at (505) 841-7425 as soon as possible but no later than 48 hours before the scheduled event.

Request for Accommodation for a Court Hearing at SJDC:  Counsel or self-represented litigants may notify the Clerk of the Court of the nature of the disability at least five (5) business days before any hearing so appropriate accommodations may be made.

For more information, see SJDC's Notice of Non-Discrimination and SJDC's Grievance Procedure under the Americans with Disabilities Act.



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The Second Judicial District Court is dedicated to serving the community by providing equal access to justice through the fair, timely and efficient resolution of all cases. This policy is to establish guidelines for Courthouse access, which respects the dignity of the courtroom and the proceedings occurring the Courthouse.  Click here to read the policy.


EXCELLENCE IN CUSTOMER SERVICE: The Clerk’s Domestic Relations Division received a wonderful call from a customer who wanted to thank the Clerk’s Office, specifically Delilah, who helped the customer with a name change.  She said Delilah called her out of the blue today, and asked her if she still wanted a copy of her Final Decree which the Clerk’s Office been holding for her awaiting payment.  She asked Delilah if she could read to her the Final Decree to see if it stated her name change from married to birth name (the individual was adopted and was about to reopen her adoption case to retrieve sealed documents indicating her birth name).  Delilah read her the Final Decree and informed the customer that her name change was granted changing back to her birth name.  The customer stated that Delilah saved her probably hundreds of dollars in additional fees just by making a call.  The customer was elated and very appreciative - not only by the news but by how sincere and pleasant Delilah was over the phone.  Now the customer will be able to obtain her real ID with the paperwork Delilah diligently followed up on with a simple telephone call.

This is not the first time Delilah has received a compliment for her calming, friendly demeanor over the phone.  Not so long ago, a senior citizen by the name of Esther complimented Delilah on how efficient and friendly she was after retrieving Esther's request and calling her back the same day.  Esther was overjoyed with Delilah's efficiency and was extremely appreciative.


The Second Judicial District Court is proud of our employees and their dedication to the public they serve. These individuals are committed to the community and to equal, impartial and timely access to the Court. If you would like to recognize a SJDC employee for a job well done, please click here






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