We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives. These calls are not valid. New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

When the docketing statement is filed, the Court needs to wait for the record proper before it will refer the case to its prehearing division to make a calendaring recommendation. Some districts send the record proper to the Court of Appeals within a week and other districts take several weeks to a couple of months. Then, the staff attorneys in the prehearing division will usually take two weeks, but sometimes (in a very unusual case) as long as six weeks, to make a calendaring recommendation, and the calendaring judge will decide whether to accept that recommendation within a few days. Two months is probably the average time it takes to calendar a case after the filing of the docketing statement.