Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court

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The Bernalillo County Metropolitan Court is the Judicial system of the metropolitan areas of Albuquerque, New Mexico and Bernalillo County, New Mexico. The metropolitan courthouse is located in Downtown Albuquerque.


The Metropolitan Courthouse was completed in 2003

The Metropolitan Court system was established in 1980, all judges are elected by eligible voters in Bernalillo County. Judges hold 4 year terms, in 19 divisions. There are no term limits in the court system and elections are partisan.[1]


To be eligible for an office of the Metropolitan Court, a candidate must be a member of the New Mexico Bar and have practiced law in New Mexico for approximately three years.


Division Name Party Took office
1 Victor E. Valdez Democrat 2004
2 Kevin L. Fitzwater Republican
3 Cristina Jaramillo Republican 2004
4 Julie N. Altwies Democrat 2006
5 Frank A. Sedillo Democrat 2008
6 Maria I. Dominguez Democrat 2008
7 Sandra J. Clinton Republican 2006
8 John R. Duran Republican 2013
9 Yvette K. Gonzales Democrat 2010
10 Edward L. Benavidez Democrat 2006
11 Sandra Engle Democrat
12 Daniel E. Ramczyk Democrat
13 Michelle Castillo–Dowler Republican 2013
14 Peg Holguin Republican 2013
15 Jason Greenlee Democrat
16 Sharon D. Walton Republican
17 Henry A. Alaniz Republican 2011
18 Rosie Lazcano–Allred Democrat 2005
19 Linda S. Rogers Democrat

Metropolitan Detention Center[edit]

Persons being held for trial at the Metropolitan Court, or convicted of misdemeanors and serving sentences under 18 months, are incarcerated in the county jail facility, the Metropolitan Detention Center (MDC), about 10 miles west of Albuquerque, on a rural mesa. The 500,000-square-foot (46,000 m2) campus employs around 500 staff, and houses over 2,000 inmates. Construction was completed in 2002, to replace the overcrowded, in-town county jail near the courthouse. It is the county’s largest public facility, and single greatest consumer of electricity, using, for example, 12,627,000 kilowatts in 2012, at a cost of $981,563. Use of solar power at the facility has increased, and as of January 2014, 20% of its power was provided by a 1-megawatt system of photovoltaic panels.[2]


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