Municipal Courts


Judge: Honorable Geoffrey Rinaldi
Alternate Judge: Joseph Quintana

Contact Information
Phone:
(505) 771-7115 or (505) 771-5893
Fax: (505) 404-2583
E-mail: 
                Crystal Acosta - cacosta@townofbernalillo.org
                Christina Roybal - croybal@townofbernalillo.org

!!!! The town of Bernalillo Municipal Court will be closed temporarily to walk in traffic until further notice, after the high risk period of the Coronavirus outbreak is lifted. During this period the following procedures are in place.

Citation payments can be made (www.townofbernalillo.org). For those offenders who do not have a Credit card/Debit card, all payment deadlines will be extended 30 days from March 19, 2020. All cases that have been cited and are scheduled through the end of April are being continued. Notices have gone out to days and times , however when you recive your notice please contact the the court with your name, date of birth, and phone number as soon as possible, the court be answering phone calls. At  that time you will be instructed on how  we will proceed with your cases. All offenders are asked to call Crystal Acosta -505-771-5893 or Christina Roybal- 505-771-7115.

The Courts asks for patience from the public in relations to communication.

Hours
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

Department Information
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!