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New Mexico Courts

Tribunales de Nuevo México

Search Instructions for Secured Odyssey Public Access (SOPA)

USER

Registered Secured Odyssey Public Access (SOPA) user

PURPOSE

How to search for a case, a person, or a citation

ENTERING SEARCH CRITERIA

Move through the fields with the tab key or mouse click on the field you wish to select. When you have finished entering your search criteria, click on the "Search" button to begin the search

IMPORTANT NOTE: Information can only be retrieved as it is entered into the court's database. For example, a person's name can only be retrieved as it was entered into the court system by the clerk (i.e. Gregory instead of Greg). Adding more data will narrow the search results. For example, if you type in a person's Name and Date of Birth and click "Search," the results will only show records with BOTH pieces of data; if the court clerk did not enter a Date of Birth for a case, this case will not be included in the search results

SEARCH BY PARTY:

Party Information: First and Last Name are required; Middle name is optional. A wildcard search on the first name is possible by typing in one or more letters and an * asterisk. Caution: the fewer the letters on a wildcard search, the more results will be returned

Date of Birth: Enter date by using slashes. Example: 09/05/1958

SEARCH BY CASE:

Enter the entire case number to search for a specific case by its assigned case number. Case numbers consist of 5 parts that indicate Type of Court, Court Location Code, Case Category, the Year, and the Case Number for the District, Magistrate, Metropolitan, Municipal Cases. For the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals, the case numbers consist of 4 parts that indicate Type of Court, Court Location Code, Case Category, and sequential listing.

Type of Court: D
Court Location: 202
Case Category: CV
Year: 2009
Case Number: 00052

Type of Court: S = Supreme Court, A = Court of Appeals, D = District court, M = Magistrate court, T = Metropolitan court

Court Location Code: this is up to 4 digits. Examples are Second Judicial District = 202, Tenth Judicial District = 1010 or 1027, Santa Fe Magistrate = 49, Metropolitan Court = 4, Supreme Court = 1, Tularosa Municipal = 143

Case CategoryCR = Criminal, TR = Traffic, CV = Civil

Case Number: For the District, Magistrate, Municipal and Metro cases this is a 10-character alpha-numeric field. Case numbers are constructed two different ways, depending on whether the case was filed before or after the year 2000. For the Supreme Court and Court of Appeals cases this is a 5 - character numeric field. 

Cases prior to 2000

Although there are exceptions in cases filed prior to 1998, generally the case numbers begin with the last two digits of the year, followed by five numeric digits

Type of Court: D
Court Location: 202
Case Category: CV
Year: 98
Case Number: 00132

Cases filed after 2000

The case number includes the 4-digit year, and then the five numeric case digits. It is not necessary to enter leading zeros

Type of Court: D
Court Location: 202
Case Category: CV
Year: 2002
Case Number: [00]132

SEARCH BY CITATION

Citation Number: Enter the entire citation number to search for a specific citation

SEARCH BY ATTORNEY

Attorney Information: First and Last Name are required; Middle name is optional

Case Status: Select All, Open, or Closed

Date Filed: Enter date by using slashes. Example: 09/05/1958

Sort By: Select Filed Date, Filed Date Reverse or Status

ADDITIONAL FILTERS FOR SEARCH RESULTS

Results returned can be filtered by:

Case Status: All (default), Open, or Closed

Date Filed: "On or After" a given date OR "On or Before" a given date

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