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LR7-001. Notice of hearing or trial.

Notice of hearing or trial will ordinarily be given by the judge or the clerk in writing. Counsel shall promptly acknowledge receipt in writing of such notice and also either confirm the setting or advise the court of any reason why the matter cannot, or should not, be heard or tried on the day designated in the notice. All requests for hearing shall be served upon opposing counsel on or before submission to the court.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-003. Delivery of papers to judge.

All orders, judgments and decrees to be signed by the court, all requests for settings, and copies of briefs and memoranda of authorities shall be delivered to the judge.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-004. Orders, judgments and decrees; attorney signature.

No order, judgment or decree will be signed by the court in any case in which opposing counsel appears unless the order is signed by all counsel appearing of record; provided, however, if opposing counsel refuses to sign an order or is unable to do so, such fact may be set forth in an affidavit of the attorney presenting the order, judgment or decree for signature, and the signature may be waived by the court.   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-005. Orders, judgments and decrees; no date.

Orders, judgments and decrees shall not be dated, except temporary restraining orders granted without notice pursuant to NMRA, Rule 1-066(B)(2) and filings with the court pursuant to NMRA, Rule 1-005(E).   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-006. Findings of fact, conclusions of law.

An original copy of all requested findings of fact and conclusions of law shall be filed with the clerk, and a copy thereof shall be delivered to the judge.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-007. Jury and filing fees.

Jury and filing fees will not be refunded.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-008. Orders, judgments and decrees; immediate filing.

Orders, judgments and decrees shall be delivered immediately upon signing to the clerk for filing.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-009. Checking out court files.

Attorneys and abstracters may check out court files from the clerk’s office for not more than three (3) days. Should any person lose a court file, it will be the person’s responsibility to immediately reconstruct the file. Any such loss shall subject the person to a fine of not less than one hundred dollars ($100.00). Any abuses of these conditions will be grounds for revocation of the privilege of checking out court files.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-010. Interpreters.

If an interpreter is needed, counsel for the party requiring an interpreter shall notify the clerk of such fact at least fourteen (14) days before the hearing. Counsel shall make satisfactory arrangements for payment of interpreter’s fees prior to the hearing.   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-011. Jury instructions.

Jury instructions are to be submitted upon the court’s direction pursuant to the requirements set forth in Rule 1-051 [**BROKEN LINK**] or in Rule 5-608 [**BROKEN LINK**] NMRA.   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-012. Library.

No books shall be removed from the library except for courtroom use. Books so removed shall be returned to the library immediately after the court appearance. Books shall be returned to the shelves immediately after they are used.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-013. Original pleadings; filing with clerk.

Original pleadings must be filed with the clerk and not with the judge unless authorized under Rule 1-005(E) [**BROKEN LINK**] NMRA.   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-014. Arrival prior to trial or hearing time.

Attorneys shall be in their place at the counsel table at least five (5) minutes before the time set for the commencement of any trial or hearing.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-015. Attire.

All persons appearing in court shall be properly attired befitting the dignity of the court.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-016. Assignment of cases.

LR7-016. Assignment of cases.

  1. All cases will be assigned at random, except that routine, uncontested cases will be assigned to the first available judge.
  2. Process shall be issued under witness of the judge to whom the case has been assigned.
  3. Cases assigned to a particular judge will not be heard by another judge except by consent of the judge to whom the case is assigned, or in any emergency situation; provided, however, that any judge from the district or any judge from another district present by designation in the county can hear any default matter, emergency matter, guilty plea or ex parte matter which may arise, without regard to the fact that the case may have been assigned to another judge, whenever the judge to whom it has been assigned is not available to handle the matter.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-017. Terms of court.

The court shall always be in session.

The regular terms of the court shall be held and commenced as follows: 

  • Catron County: Commencing on the third Tuesday of April and on the third Tuesday of October;
  • Sierra County: Commencing on the third Tuesday of March and on the third Tuesday of September;
  • Socorro County: Commencing on the first Tuesday of March and on the first Tuesday of September; and
  • Torrance County: Commencing on the first Tuesday of April and on the first Tuesday of October.

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]

LR7-018. Scheduling orders.

Those cases exempted from the scheduling order provisions of Rule 1-016 NMRA are:

  1. those types of cases described in Paragraph F of Rule 1-041 NMRA;   
  2. routine quiet title actions;   
  3. routine foreclosure actions; and   
  4. other matters deemed appropriate by the court.   

[Adopted, effective August 15, 1990.]990.]

LR7-019. Electronic filing authorized.

In accordance with Rule 1-005.2 [**BROKEN LINK**] NMRA, electronic filing is implemented for all civil and probate actions in the Seventh Judicial District Court. The electronic filing of documents is mandatory for parties represented by attorneys in accordance with Rule 1-005.2 [**BROKEN LINK**] NMRA, which includes attorneys who represent themselves. Guidelines for using the electronic filing system are set forth in the court’s user guide that is available in the clerk’s office and on the court’s website.

[Adopted by Supreme Court Order No. 12-8300- LR2, effective for all cases filed or pending on or after August 20, 2012.]