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      The Court System in Arizona

      The court system in Arizona has three levels

      Limited jurisdiction courts are justice and municipal (or city) courts. These courts have jurisdiction over a limited variety of cases. They are nonrecord courts, meaning that permanent records of court proceedings are not required. However, some courts do make a record of proceedings.

      The general jurisdiction court is the Superior Court of Arizona, a statewide trial court. This court hears the widest variety of cases and keeps permanent records of court proceedings.

      The state appellate courts have jurisdiction to review trials and decisions appealed to them. Most appeals come from the superior court, except for death penalty appeals and some cases involving elected officials and disputes between counties, which go directly to the Supreme Court.

      If you or a friend or loved one are arrested they will be arraigned to appear before  either a city/municipal court, a Justice court or a superior court.

      City Courts

      Most cities or towns have a municipal court, also known as a city court or magistrate court. Municipal courts have criminal jurisdiction over misdemeanor crimes and petty offenses committed in their city or town. They share jurisdiction with justice courts over violations of state law committed within their city or town limits.

      Municipal court judges (magistrates) hear misdemeanor criminal traffic cases such as driving under the influence of alcohol, hit-and-run and reckless driving where no serious injuries occur. They hear civil traffic cases, violations of city ordinances and codes, and issue orders of protection and injunctions prohibiting harassment. They can also issue search warrants. They DO NOT hear civil lawsuits between citizens.

      Justice Courts

      Each county has justice courts that are presided over by a justice of the peace, who is elected for a four year term.  These include civil lawsuits where the amount in dispute is $10,000 or less, landlord and tenant controversies, small claims cases and the full range of civil and criminal traffic offenses, including DUIs.

      Justices of the peace also resolve other types of misdemeanor allegations (e.g. shoplifting, writing bad checks, violating restraining orders) and, like other trial judges, also handle requests for orders of protection and injunctions against harassment.

      The number of justice courts in a county depends on its population.  For example, there are 25 justice courts in Maricopa County.

      Criminal Jurisdiction – Some justices of the peace conduct preliminary hearings on felonies.   All justice courts hear every type of crime that is a misdemeanor under state law, including; Assault and Battery, DUI (Including Extreme DUI), Bad Checks, Violations of Orders of Protection or Injunctions Against Harassment & Underage Drinking.

       

      The Superior Court

      The superior court is the state’s general jurisdiction court. It is a single entity with locations in each county. Each county has at least one superior court judge. In counties with more than one superior court judge, the judges operate in numbered divisions.

      In Arizona the superior court has jurisdiction over all cases and proceedings in which exclusive jurisdiction is not vested by law in any of the lower courts. All criminal cases amounting to a felony, and misdemeanor cases not otherwise provided for by law are the responsibility of the superior court system.

       

      Maricopa County Superior Court Locations

      Downtown Phoenix Locations

      Central Court Building (CCB)
      201 W. Jefferson
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243
      Court Administration: (602) 506-3204
      Civil Court Administration: (602) 506-1497
      Family Court Administration: (602) 506-1561

      Old Courthouse (OCH)
      125 W. Washington
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243
      Probate/Mental Health Administration: (602) 506-3668

      West Court Building (WCB)
      111 S. Third Ave.
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243
      Phone: (602) 506-3204

      East Court Building (ECB)
      101 W. Jefferson
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243
      Criminal Administration: (602) 506-8575

      South Court Tower (SCT)
      175 W. Madison St.
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003-2243
      Phone: (602) 506-3204

       

      Northwest, Northeast and Southeast Locations

      Northwest Regional Center (NW)
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ. 85374
      Phone:(602) 372-9400

      Northeast Regional Center (NE)
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ. 85032
      Phone: (602) 372-7601

      Southeast Court (SE)
      222 E. Javelina Ave.
      Mesa, AZ. 85210-6234
      Phone: (602) 506-2020

       

      Juvenile Court Locations

      Durango Facility (JCC-DF/DUR)
      3131 W. Durango
      Phoenix, AZ. 85009-6292
      Juvenile Administration: (602) 506-4533

      Southeast Facility (JUV SE/SEJ)
      1810 S. Lewis
      Mesa, AZ. 85210-6234
      Administration: (602) 506-2544

      Law Library Locations

      Main Law Library (ECB)
      101 W. Jefferson
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003
      Phone: (602) 506-3461

      Southeast Legal Research Station
      222 E. Javelina
      Mesa, AZ. 85210-6234

       

      Self-Service Center Locations

      Northwest Regional Center (NW)
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ. 85374
      Phone: (602) 372-9400

      Northeast Regional Center (NE)
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ. 85032
      Phone: (602) 372-7601

      Downtown East Court Building (ECB)
      101 W. Jefferson Street
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003
      Phone: (602) 506-7353

      Southeast Court (SE)
      222 E. Javelina
      Mesa, AZ. 85210-6234
      Phone: (602) 506-7353

      Downtown Justice Center
      620 W. Jackson, First Floor
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003
      Phone: (602) 372-6301

      San Tan Regional Court Center
      201 E. Chicago Street
      Chandler, AZ. 85225
      Phone: (602) 372-3519

      Clerk of the Court Customer Service Center:
      601 W. Jackson
      Phoenix, AZ. 85003
      Phone: (602) 506-3360

       

      Maricopa County Justice Courts

      Agua Fria Justice Court
      9550 W. Van Buren
      Tolleson, AZ 85353
      Judge: Joe “Pep” Guzman
      Phone: (623) 936-1449
      Fax: (623) 936-4859
      Arcadia Biltmore Justice Court
      620 W Jackson St
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Judge: Steven Sarkis
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6412
      Arrowhead Justice Court
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ 85374
      Judge: Melanie DeForest
      Phone: (602) 372-2000
      Fax: (602) 372-2620
      Desert Ridge Justice Court
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85032
      Judge: Clancy Jayne
      Phone: (602) 372-7100
      Fax: (602) 372-7912
      Downtown Justice Court
      620 W. Jackson
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Judge: Jimmie Hernandez
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6406
      Dreamy Draw Justice Court
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85032
      Judge: Frank Conti Jr
      Phone: (602) 372-7000
      Fax: (602) 372-7911
      East Mesa Justice Court
      4811 E. Julep
      Mesa, AZ 85205
      Judge: Mark Chiles
      Phone: (480) 985-0188
      Fax: (480) 396-6327
      Encanto Justice Court
      620 W. Jackson
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Judge: C. Steven McMurry
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6414
      Estrella Mountain Justice Court
      21749 W. Yuma Rd.
      Buckeye, AZ 85326
      Judge: Jeff Fine
      Phone: (623) 386-4822
      Fax: (623) 386-5796
      Hassayampa Justice Court
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ 85374
      Judge: Chris Mueller
      Phone: (602) 372-2000
      Fax: (602) 372-2620
      Highland Justice Court
      55 E. Civic Center Drive
      Gilbert, AZ 85296
      Judge: Dan Dodge
      Phone: (602) 372-8300
      Fax: (602) 372-8301
      Ironwood Justice Court
      209 E. Pima St
      Gila Bend, AZ 85337
      Judge: Joe Getzwiller
      Phone: (928) 683-2651
      Fax: (928) 683-6412
      Kyrene Justice Court
      201 E. Chicago Street
      Chandler, AZ 85225
      Judge: Elizabeth Rogers
      Phone: (602) 372-3400
      Fax: (602) 372-3494
      Manistee Justice Court
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ 85374
      Judge: Gary Handley
      Phone: (602) 372-2000
      Fax: (602) 372-2620
      Maryvale Justice Court
      4622 W. Indian School Road
      Phoenix, AZ 85031
      Judge: Andrew Gastelum
      Phone: (623) 245-0432
      Fax: (623) 245-1216
      McDowell Mountain Justice Court
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85032
      Judge: Michael Reagan
      Phone: (602) 372-7000
      Fax: (602) 372-7910
      Moon Valley Justice Court
      18380 N. 40th Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85032
      Judge: Rebecca Macbeth
      Phone: (602) 372-7000
      Fax: (602) 372-7910
      North Mesa Justice Court
      1837 S. Mesa Drive
      Mesa, AZ 85210
      Judge: Kyle Jones
      Phone: (480) 926-9731
      Fax: (480) 926-7763
      North Valley Justice Court
      14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane
      Surprise, AZ 85374
      Judge: Gerald Williams
      Phone: (602) 372-2000
      Fax: (602) 372-2620
      San Marcos Justice Court
      201 E. Chicago Street
      Chandler, AZ 85225
      Judge: Keith Frankel
      Phone: (602) 372-3400
      Fax: (602) 372-3468
      San Tan Justice Court
      201 E. Chicago Street
      Chandler, AZ 85225
      Judge: Samuel Goodman
      Phone: (602) 372-3400
      Fax: (602) 372-3441
      Scottsdale City Court
      3700 North 75th Street
      Scottsdale, AZ  85251
      Judge: Joseph Olcavage
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6410
      South Mountain Justice Court
      620 W. Jackson St
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Judge: Cody Williams
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6410
      University Lakes Justice court
      201 E. Chicago Street
      Chandler, AZ 85225
      Judge: Margaret Burton-Cahill
      Phone: (602) 372-3400
      Fax: (602) 372-3414
      West McDowell Justice Court
      620 W. Jackson
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Judge: Rachel Carrillo
      Phone: (602) 372-6300
      Fax: (602) 372-6408
      West Mesa Justice Court
      2050 W. University Drive
      Mesa, AZ 85201
      Judge: Mark Anderson
      Phone: (480) 964-2958
      Fax: (480) 969-1098

       

      Maricopa County Municipal Courts

      The Avondale City Court
      11325 West Civic Center Dr.
      Avondale, Arizona 85323
      Buckeye Magistrate Court
      100 North Apache Road, Suite C-1
      Buckeye, AZ 85326
      Carefree Municipal Court
      100 Easy St
      Carefree, AZ 85377
      Cave Creek Municipal Court
      3762 N Cave Creek Rd
      Cave Creek, AZ 85331
      Chandler Municipal Court
      200 E. Chicago St.
      Chandler, AZ  85225
      El Mirage Municipal Court
      14010 N El Mirage Road
      El Mirage, Az. 85335
      Fountain Hills Magistrate Ct
      16836 E Palisades Blvd
      Fountain Hills, AZ 85268
      Gilbert Municipal Court
      55 E Civic Center Drive
      Gilbert, AZ 85296
      Glendale City Court
      5711 W Glendale Ave
      Glendale, AZ 85301
      Goodyear Municipal Court
      185 N. 145th Ave.
      Goodyear, AZ 85338
      Mesa Municipal Court
      250 E. 1st Avenue
      Mesa, Arizona 85210
      Paradise Valley Municipal Court
      6401 E Lincoln Dr
      Paradise Valley, AZ  85253
      Peoria Municipal Court
      8401 W Monroe St
      Peoria, AZ 85345
      Phoenix Municipal Court
      300 West Washington Street
      Phoenix, AZ 85003
      Scottsdale City Court
      3700 N. 75th Street
      Scottsdale, AZ 85251
      Surprise City Court
      12604 W Santa Fe Dr
      Surprise, AZ 85374
      Tempe Municipal Court
      140 East 5th Street
      Tempe, AZ 85281
      Tolleson Municipal Court
      8350 W. Van Buren Street
      Tolleson, AZ 85353
      Wickenburg Municipal Court
      155 N. Tegner Street, Suite B
      Wickenburg, Arizona 85390