Arbitration is required for all civil cases where only money is at issue and where no party seeks an amount in excess of $50,000, exclusive of punitive damages, interest, costs and attorney fees.

Arbitrators are assigned to a case by the Court. Arbitrators are attorneys with at least five years of experience who reside or have an office in Bernalillo County. Arbitrators may be paid $100 by the Court. There is no charge to the parties unless the parties select their own arbitrator. If the parties select their own arbitrator, they may be required to pay the arbitrator’s fee.

The court-appointed arbitrator issues an award after each party has had an opportunity to present their case. The decision is non-binding. Either party may appeal. On appeal, the assigned district court judge hears the case de novo, which means from the beginning. 87% of the cases are solved without an appeal.

Contact Information

400 Lomas Blvd. NW
Room 119, 1st Floor 
Albuquerque, NM 87102

Phone: 505-841-6702 or 505-841-7579 or 505-841-5409

Email: albdselfhelp@nmcourts.gov

General Hours
Monday through Friday: 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
General questions will be answered and forms may be picked up

Self Help Interview Hours

***All in-person interviews have been temporarily suspended due to COVID-19.