The Hatch Municipal Court functions as the judicial branch of the local city government and is independent in its decisions and its administration but remains interdependent upon the City for its finances and its services, and facilities. Since the Municipal Court is not under the direct supervision of the State’s Administration Office for the Courts, the City’s code authorizes the Presiding Judge to set judicial policy and local court rules not inconsistent with the laws of the state, city ordinances or court rules promulgated by the State Supreme Court. Hatch Municipal Court was established in the 1950’s. Over the years, Honorable Judge Mike Fajardo, Honorable Judge Sabino Ramirez, and Honorable Judge Judd Nordyke have all presided over the Municipal Court. The current Municipal Court Judge is the Honorable Shirley Rice. Operating hours are every Monday of the month from 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm. The Hatch Municipal Court is located at #5 Chile Capitol Lane inside the Regional Public Safety Complex. If you have any questions or concerns you are more than welcome to stop by our facility or call Bertha Torres, Court Clerk, at (575) 267-5216.