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Court-Annexed Civil Arbitration

Arbitration is required for all civil cases where only money is at issue and where no party seeks an amount in excess of $25,000, exclusive of punitive damages, interest, costs and attorney fees. 

Arbitrators are assiged to a case by the Court.  Arbitrators are attorneys with at least five years of experience who reside or have an office in Bernalillo County.  Arbitrators may be paid $100 by the Court.  There is no charge to the parties unless the parties select their own arbitrator.  If the parties select their own arbitrator, they may be required to pay the arbitrator’s fee.

The court appointed arbitrator issues an award after each party has had an opportunity to present their case.  The decision is non-binding.  Either party may appeal.  On appeal, the assigned district court judge hears the case de novo, which means from the beginning.  87% of the cases are solved without an appeal.

Address

400 Lomas Blvd NW
Room 119, 1st Floor 
Albuquerque, NM  87102

Contact

 Phone: 505-841-6702

  505-841-7579

  505-841-5409

Email: albdselfhelp@nmcourts.gov

General Hours
Monday – Friday: 9 a.m. – 4 p.m.
General questions will be answered and forms may be picked up

Self Help Interview Hours
***All in-person interviews have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.

Additional Resources

Family Court Forms

Civil Court Forms

Community Legal Services

Local Rules

Interactive Child Support Worksheet

Arbitration Forms

Settlement Facilitation Forms

NM State Judiciary Self-Help Guide

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