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Judge Emeterio L. Rudolfo was formally conferred with his robe, gavel and oath of office at his official investiture on May18.

Colleagues, friends and family all gathered for the event which took place at the Bernalillo County Courthouse. Judge Rudolfo was appointed to the bench by Governor Michelle Lujan Grisham and was elected in November of 2022. Judge Rudolfo serves the criminal court, Division XXI.

SJDC Children's Court Celebrates Spring Adoption Day

May 12 was Spring Adoption Day, and the Children’s Court Division of the Second Judicial District Court (SJDC) celebrated by setting aside a day from busy dockets to finalize adoptions for 10 children with their forever families. Learn More

The Second Judicial District Court Children’s Court Celebrates National Adoption Day

Albuquerque, NM, November 18, 2022. The Second Judicial District Court celebrated National Adoption Day on November 18, 2022 with nine adoptions. In total, ten children were welcomed into their new forever families during this annual celebration. Chief Judge Marie Ward and Judge Alma Roberson presided over these special court proceedings. Learn More

The Second Judicial District Court Welcomes the Honorable Emeterio L. Rudolfo

Second Judicial District Court welcomed the Honorable Emeterio L. Rudolfo as the newest member of its Criminal Division bench, filling the seat of the XXI Division. Learn More

Criminal Appeals Pilot Project

The Second Judicial District Court is part of a pilot project aimed at accelerating the processing of criminal appellate cases.  Please click here to view the Order.

New Courtroom up and Running

Construction has been completed on a new jury-ready courtroom on the third floor of the downtown courthouse.

SJDC Children’s Court Judge Catherine Begaye named “Reunification Hero”

Second Judicial District Presiding Children’s Court Judge Catherine Begaye has been designated a 2022 “Reunification Hero” by the American Bar Association’s Center on Children and the Law. Learn More

New limits for cases referred to arbitration take effect June 1, 2022

Starting June 1, 2022, the dollar limit for cases referred to arbitration in the Second Judicial District Court will increase from $25,000 to $50,000. Learn More

Domestic Violence Division Issues Notice of Submitting Exhibits

Please be advised that if you intend to submit exhibits for your upcoming hearing they must be submitted at least 48 hours prior to your scheduled hearing. Learn More

Public Access to Court Hearings

The broadcasting, televising, photographing, and recording of court proceedings is prohibitied unless approved by a judge.

To attend a court hearing that has been scheduled with video access, please send an email to at least 24 hours before the scheduled hearing time.

ADA Accommodations

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 its 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, Ramon Maestas, at (505) 841-7425 or by email: 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. The ADA Accommodations Request Form can be found here.

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

Courthouse Access Policy

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.


Members of the public are subject to screening before entering any of the Court’s locations. Items that are prohibited from coming into any of the Court’s locations include:

  • Knives of any type and size
  • Firearms
  • Ammunition
  • Razors or blades
  • Pepper spray, mace or chemical gasses
  • Stun guns
  • Explosive devices
  • Alcohol
  • Drugs
  • Metal objects that could be used as weapons (nail files, knuckles, picks, forks, scissors, tweezers, etc.)
  • Bats, clubs or kubaton sticks
  • Handcuff keys
  • Box cutters
  • Any other devices or objects deemed a security risk by the Bernalillo County Sheriff’s Department.