401 South Halagueno Street | (575) 885.3363


Lobby Hours:
Sunday: Closed
Monday.......7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Tuesday......7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Wednesday..7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Thursday.....7:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
Friday: Closed
Saturday: Closed

Purpose of Municipal Court Carlsbad Municipal is a court of limited jurisdiction; handling offenses that occur within the city limits of Carlsbad.  These offenses include criminal petty misdemeanors, traffic violations and code offenses.  

Arraignments are held at 8:00 a.m. only, Monday through Thursday.   If you wish to appear before the Judge, you must appear at 7:45 a.m.  Further information can be found in the  Court Procedures and General Information  for the Municipal Court.

Payments can be made with cash or money order. Requests for payment extensions must be made in person. The clerks are allowed to give only one (1) extension. Any extensions thereafter must be approved by the Judge.

You can now pay your citation/court fines online at with a credit card.
[You must have the citation number or case number for payment, additional fees may apply.]




 Records Request Form  


Fines may be worked out through Community Service. Credit will be given at minimum wage per hour for fines only. Any fees assessed must be paid. You must come to the Court to sign up for work. Information is provided below:

    • Supervisor: Victor Tavarez, 887-1191 ext. 7976 (885-6262 before 8:00a.m.)
    • Report To: Community Service Building - located in the Carlsbad Cemetery
    • Time: Winter Hours - 7:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. / Summer Hours - 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m.
    • Need To Bring: Sack Lunch - Plenty of water will be provided
    • Dress Code: Wear comfortable work clothes - No shorts or sandals


If you are assigned to DWI School, the following is a list of pertinent information and instructions:

    • Cost: $175.00 due at time of first class by cash or money order - NO CHECKS
    • Location: 903 W. Lea - Enter through rear side Door
    • Time: 6:00p.m. to 10:00p.m.
    • Dates: The Court will tell you in which month you are to attend. You must attend all three days listed in that month to get credit for the class. You are required to Pre-Register. 

      For further information:
       Glenn Collier, Facilitator
       903 W. Lea
       Carlsbad, NM 88220
       Phone: (575) 365-6848 or (575) 746-3770


David Redford - Municipal Judge and Assistant Professor-Criminal Justice.


Judge Redford was elected as Municipal Judge in March 2004, then re-elected in March 2008.  He has thoroughly enjoyed his nearly six years on the bench; discovering that he loves the job as much as teaching at the college level. 

He began his teaching career at NMSU-Carlsbad fall semester 2000.  Prior to coming to NMSU-Carlsbad, he completed a 30 year career in Law Enforcement and Safety/Security positions in corporate America. He began his law enforcement experience in the United States Air Force.  He spent 14 years as a Railroad Policeman.  Judge Redford's experience ranges from a patrol officer to Chief Special Agent.  He worked in public law enforcement, as Chief Deputy Marshal, while a senior at New Mexico State University.  Following his law enforcement career, he spent 12 years as a Safety/Security Manager in private industry.

Judge Redford graduated from New Mexico State University with a Bachelor of Science-Police Science.  He graduated from Sangamon State University (now University of Illinois at Springfield) with a Master of Arts degree in Social Justice Professions.

He found his calling when he came to NMSU-C.  He loves teaching and working with the students and employees of NMSU-C.  Professor Redford is very active in the governance committees at NMSU-C, and is currently Division Chair for Social Sciences and Education.

Judge Redford is very active in community activities such as Kids Safehouse of Eddy County, the Eddy County DWI Council, and Action Council for Employment and the Community Coalition against Drugs, Gangs and Crime.




Contact: Collis Johnson 
Email: cljohnson_at_cityofcarlsbadnm_dot_com  
Phone: (575) 885-3363 

Contact: Kim Hernandez
Email: kahernandez_at_cityofcarlsbadnm_dot_com
Phone: (575) 885-3363