Judge: Honorable Geoffrey Rinaldi
Alternate Judge: Joseph Quintana
!!!! The Town of Bernalillo Municipal Court will be closed temporarily to all walk in traffic until further notice, after the high risk period of the Covid-19 outbreak.
All Arraignments and Trials will continue via Webex. You need to contact the Court to be given instructons for the Webex meeting. Remember this will be a running docket so please be patient, curious to others as you wait your turn.
Payments can continue to be made online or sent in by mai. When paying online you will need a credit/debit card along with your citaton number, you can mail in your payments to Town of Bernalillo Municipal Court, Po Box 638 Bernalillo,NM 8700. Only money orders and cashier checks will be accepted.
The Court asks for patience from the public in relations to communications!
MTW - 8:00 AM to 4:00 PM
TH - 8:00 AM to 10:00AM, Arraignments at 10:00AM, Court Hearings at 11:00 AM
F - 8 AM to 12 PM
The Municipal Court assists individuals cited for violating the Town of Bernalillo Ordinances, i.e. Animal Control Code, Misdemeanor Non-Traffic Violations and State traffic laws, which are adopted by the City Council
The Municipal Court is under the supervision of the State Supreme Court, and is budgeted through the Town Administration and overseen by the City Council. As the third branch of government, the Court takes full responsibility for policies and procedures, independent of the Town.
All violations issued by the Town of Bernalillo Police Department are either paid or heard in Municipal Court.
At the time of the issuance of a citation, defendants are given the option to either pay the penalty assessment or to appear for an informal plea court, which then will be set up for a trial. Court hearings are heard on Thursdays, beginning at 10:00 AM.
Cash, money order and Visa / Mastercard are acceptable forms of payments. For your convenience, you may also pay Online with Visa or Mastercard by going to the web page.
If the defendant disagrees with the ruling by the Judge, the defendant has the right to appeal to District Court within 15 days.
Failure to Appear for Court / Payment of Penalty Assessment will result in a Bench Warrant / Suspension of defendant’s driver license.
I dedicate myself to helping our community and ensure that everyone receives a fair trial.Visitors always welcomed! Take care and stay safe!