Municipal Court

Court Closure Due to COVID-19

The Municipal Court will remain closed to the public through April 30, 2020. All April hearings will be continued. 

Video arraignments will continue to be held on an as needed basis Monday, Wednesday and Friday at 12:30pm. These hearings will remain closed to the public through the end of April. 

Beginning March 31st,  a handful of staff will begin alternating days to take phone calls, Monday through Thursday 7:30am to 5:00pm. 


The Rio Rancho Municipal Court is one of 81 municipal courts in New Mexico tasked with handling local issues. The court hears traffic citations and arrests, including DWI first, second and third offenses, animal control cases, code enforcement cases, and other petty misdemeanors.

The court has no jurisdiction over civil matters.

Judge G. Robert Cook is the only elected judge, but has two alternate judges that fill in for him, in his absence.

Cook was elected to his third, four-year term in March 2018. The municipal court judge is elected at-large in a non-partisan election to a four-year term. The next municipal court judge election will be March 2022.