Contact and Location

Sadie Smith-McDaniel, Judge

(505) 632-6330
(505) 632-6331 Fax

711 Ruth Ln
Bloomfield, NM 87413

Hours

Monday - Thursday 7:00 am - 5:30 pm
Friday Closed

Payment

Please be advised the Municipal Court is no longer accepting checks.

Payments can be made On-line through CitePayUse which accepts Visa, Mastercard, and Discover.
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  • Inclement Weather Policy

    In the event there is inclement weather, Bloomfield Municipal Court will follow Bloomfield School closures and delays.

    Weddings

    Bloomfield Municipal Court no longer performs marriage ceremonies.

    Bloomfield Municipal Court Warrants

    If your name appears on the list, please contact the court at: (505) 632-6330 to clear up the warrant.
  • ⇛ Bloomfield Warrants
  • Court Room Etiquette

    Bullet Defendant must be appropriately dressed and maintain a respectful decorum to be admitted into the courtroom.
    Bullet Court must remain quiet so that defendants and court staff can hear.
    Bullet Parent(s) of disruptive children will be asked to remove them from the court room.
    Prohibited No cellphones or electronics of any kind.
    Prohibited No hats/head covering.
    Prohibited No halter/tank tops.
    Prohibited No exposed midriffs.
    Prohibited No low-cut tops, short skirts or dresses.
    Prohibited No pants hanging below the waist.
    Prohibited No inappropriate or distasteful logos on clothing.
    Prohibited No chewing gum.
    Prohibited No food or drinks.

    Types of Cases

    Citations issued for Animal Type Incidents
    Citations involving Fire Code regulations
    Citations involving Zoning Regulations
    Citations involving Property Maintenance
    (weeds, trash, abandoned objects)
    Criminal Complaints
    Offenses and Penalties
    Traffic Citations

    Form Submitals

    Continuance Request
    Form must be filed this at least 1 week prior to scheduled court date.

    Subpoena Request
    To request that witnesses be subpoenaed to court for your case, file at least 1 week prior to scheduled court date.

    Records Request
    To request copies or view records, bring a completed form to the Municipal Court. Incomplete forms cannot be processed. Please include contact information.

    Hearing Types

    Arraignments
    These are generally first-come, first serve for an initial appearance and plea on a traffic or criminal violation. Other reasons for appearance at Arraignment hearings might be to request an extension to pay, request a payment plan, request driver’s license clearances, etc.

    Pre-trials
    These hearings are normally scheduled after a first appearance after Arraignments has been made and a Not Guilty plea entered. It is a date set up for the Prosecution (usually an officer) and the Defendant (the person charged with a violation) to meet and negotiate any pre-trial matters such as a plea bargain, dismissal for proof, or discovery matters prior to trial.

    Trials
    These hearings are formal bench trials that are scheduled for a specific date and time for the Judge to take testimony, hear & review evidence on both sides of a case in order to make a ruling for the person being charged with a violation of municipal law. At trial both sides are expected to present their case. Both sides will be noticed by the Court to appear in order to testify as well as any witnesses requested.

    Sentencing Hearings
    This occurs when a person has been found or pleads Guilty and the Judge has ordered a pre-sentence evaluation. After the evaluation a Sentencing hearing is scheduled and the Judge reviews the evaluation report and takes it into consideration for sentencing. At this hearing is when fines and/or jail is imposed by the Judge. If the Judge does not order a pre-sentence evaluation, sentencing normally takes place immediately following any of the other hearings listed above.

    Alternate Judges

    When the elected Municipal Judge is unavailable, an alternate judge is assigned.

    Alternate judges have been approved and sworn in by the Bloomfield City Counsel. They receive appropriate trainings and are under the same requirements as the elected judge. An alternate judge may be utilized by the court in the absence of the presiding elected judge. If the presiding judge is out of the office due to training requirements, illness or any other reason. The alternate judge assigned will be responsible for all official duties. This is not a full or part time position, it is an as needed position utilized to avoid court closures.

    ADA Compliance

    The Municipal Court complies with the Americans with Disabilities Act. It is the defendant or his/her counsel's obligation to notify the Court Clerk at least five days before any hearing of the anticipated attendance of a disabled person so that appropriate accommodations can be made.

    Legal Disclaimer

    All information on this site is intended to be accurate, complete and timely; however, the Court does not warrant, expressly or by implication, the accuracy of the information contained herein nor is it responsible for any errors or omissions. The Court assumes no liability for the information’s use or misuse... The information provided may not reflect immediate updates, changes or rulings that have not yet been posted. In particular, please keep in mind that any costs reflected in the Public Access Section of this website may be incomplete. Additionally, information may be altered, amended or modified at any time without notice... Therefore, you rely upon it at your own risk. Information may be verified in person at Bloomfield Municipal Court, 711 Ruth Ln. Bloomfield, NM 87413.