City Codes and Municipal Court
The Municipal Codes for the City of Las Cruces represent the policies approved by the City Council under the City Charter and within allowed state, federal and other legal rules. The municipal codes are the legal authority for the community and are enforced by the City of Las Cruces through the Las Cruces Police Department.
The powers of the Municipal Court are outlined in Article IX. of the City Charter. Municipal Court is a trial court that deals exclusively with cases involving city ordinance violations. Offenses brought before a municipal court are those that occur within the limits of the city. Municipal Court has jurisdiction over all petty misdemeanor offenses and complaints under ordinances of the City of Las Cruces and may issue subpoenas and warrants and punish for contempt.