We have had reports of cyber criminals imitating court telephone numbers (“spoofing”) and demanding that citizens pay money for fines or fees in cases involving relatives.  These calls are not valid.  New Mexico Courts will never call citizens to ask for payments of any kind.

Serving Dona Ana Co., includes Las Cruces

Third District Court [“Programs” – “Problem Solving Courts” – “Family Reunification Court” or “Alternative Dispute Resolution”]

Domestic Relations Mediation Program

Assists with development of Parenting Plans

Civil Settlement Facilitation

Services available to help resolve these case types: environmental issues, contract disputes, collection cases, real estate, foreclosure, medical malpractice, legal malpractice, tort auto, tort (negligence), construction law, product liability, probate litigation, civil rights/discrimination, commercial cases.

Civil Arbitration

Only available for cases where the only relief sought is money in an amount that does not exceed $25k.             

Water Rights Mediation

Service available for one complex case: the Lower Rio Grande Water Rights Adjudication — a case involving over 18,000 defendants for which the NM Office of the State Engineer is the Plaintiff.                                             


Lisa Betancourt, Program Manager

Children’s Court Mediation Program

Third District Court [“Programs” – “Alternative Dispute Resolution” – “Children’s Court Mediation”]

Child Abuse and Neglect Mediation

Assists with plans for family treatment & reunification (or termination of rights), child safety & wellbeing

Open Adoptions Mediation

Assists with plans for family transition, schedules for contact and child safety & wellbeing