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, 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.
Judge Cook was elected to his fourth, four-year term in March 2022. 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 2026.