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