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LAS CRUCES — The state Supreme Court, which administers the court system in New Mexico, ordered a temporary moratorium on evictions for inability to pay rent during the coronavirus COVID-19 public health emergency.

“New Mexicans are struggling financially as workplaces close because of the public health emergency,” said Chief Justice Judith K. Nakamura. “The court’s order will provide temporary relief for families and individuals facing the possibly of losing their housing at a time when the governor and public health officials have ordered New Mexicans to remain at home to prevent the spread of COVID-19.”

Judges will stay the execution of writs of restitution that property owners can obtain and give to law enforcement to force the removal of a tenant. But tenants will need to provide local courts with evidence of their current inability to pay their rent.

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Recently, the state court system has issued other mandates intended to protect public safety and safeguard the health of New Mexicans. Other measures provide New Mexican additional time to pay fines and fees, require the use of audio and video teleconferencing for court proceedings that need to continue and allow self-represented litigants to submit case filings to local courts by email and fax to help them avoid courthouse visits.

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