Municipal Court

2021 Amnesty News Release

The Rio Rancho Municipal Court, presided over by the Honorable Judge Robert G. Cook, announces its annual Amnesty Program for individuals with open Municipal Court bench warrants.  Please click here for more information.

COVID-19 Court Schedule

Following the City’s reopening guidelines, Municipal Court is open Monday through Thursday, 8:00 a.m. to noon..

In-person hearings will be set only as the Judge deems necessary and in compliance with the guidelines we have been given by the Supreme Court.

Supreme Court mask requirements:

https://www.nmcourts.gov/wp-content/uploads/2020/12/Face-Covering-Design-Requirements-09_08_2020.pdf

Court contact numbers:

Court payment options:

  • Online: www.citepayusa.com 
    • Name, DOB, and Case or Citation Number is necessary 
  • Drop box at front of building, 500 Quantum Road, near the entrance for payments
    • Cash is not accepted
    • Must be Cashier’s Check or money order


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 third, four-year term in March 2018. 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 2022.