What is a Small Claims Court?
What can you do if someone owes you money or has your property, but you don't want or can't afford to hire a lawyer to get it? In New Mexico, this kind of legal problem can be settled by a special court. If you're owed money or want your property back, you should know what "small claims court" is. More
Filing a Small Claims Court?
Now that you've decided to file a lawsuit against someone in a New Mexico magistrate or "small claims" court, it's time to get to work. You have to know exactly who you're suing, have the right paperwork, and file the suit in the right court. More
Small Claims Trials
Now that your small claims lawsuit has been filed, it's time to get ready for the trial -- the day a New Mexico small claims court, or "magistrate court," decides if you win or lose. It's important to know how small claims trials work and what you can do to help make sure that you win. More
Witnesses at a Small Claims Trial
When it's time for the trial of a case in a New Mexico small claims court (or "magistrate court"), what do you need to win? Witnesses can be a big help by supporting your version of the facts or by explaining something technical about your case that the magistrate or the jury may not understand. More
After Small Claims Court
Your ready for the trial of a case in a New Mexico small claims or "magistrate" court. Your witnesses will be in court, and you've organized all of the important papers you need to prove you should win. Now is a good to time to know what to expect after the small claims court makes its decision. More
Collecting the Judgment
The magistrate of a New Mexico small claims or "magistrate" court agreed with you and decided that someone has your property or owes you some money. Congratulations, you won! However, collecting on the judgment, that is, getting your property or money, is often a long and difficult process. More
Alternatives to Small Claims Court
As you may know, the New Mexico small claims courts or "magistrate" courts help people get the money they're owed or get some personal property returned to them when someone else has it. There are alternatives to small claims court, though, that may be of use when you don't want to go to court. More