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Important Information about Phoenix Municipal Court
The City of Phoenix Municipal Court handles thousands of misdemeanor DUI cases each year. The Court also tries criminal and civil traffic violations, as well as non-traffic criminal misdemeanor cases. Some of the cases the court handles are: Driving Under Intoxication; reckless driving; leaving the scene of an accident; drag racing; child restraint violations; vehicle insurance and registration violations; moving violations (speeding, running a stop sign, traffic signal, etc.); unpaid parking tickets; assault; shoplifting; prostitution; indecent exposure; and trespassing. The court also handles Orders of Protection and Injunctions Against Harassment.
The Court is the State’s largest limited jurisdiction court and is among the top ten busiest municipal courts in the United States. The Court handles cases that range from minor traffic violations to Class 1 misdemeanors carrying a maximum penalty of six months in jail and a $2,500 fine. Annually, the court processes an average of 350,000 cases including 80,000 criminal charges.
The Phoenix Municipal Court is a recognized judicial leader throughout the State of Arizona and the United States for its innovative and progressive work in the areas of technology, customer service, case management, fiscal responsibility, and judicial and staff accountability.
HOURS of OPERATION
Open Monday through Friday
8:00 – 5:00
***Closed on holidays and weekends.***
The court is located in the heart of downtown Phoenix. The physical address is:
Valdemar A. Cordova Building
301 West Washington Street
Phoenix, AZ 85003-2103
Parking for the court is in a garage located on Washington Street directly south of the building across from the court at 305 West Washington Street. A reduced hourly rate for parking is available. You may have your parking ticket from that garage validated at the Information Booth in the Court lobby.
WHAT TO KNOW BEFORE YOU GO
If you have a DUI case in this jurisdiction, be aware of the following:
1.) Make sure you arrive early to court. Sometimes the security line backs up in the morning and can cause a delay.
2. ) DUI cases in the City of Phoenix are handled in no particular order. Be prepared to spend the better part of a morning or afternoon waiting for your case to be called if you are not represented by a lawyer.
3.) The City of Phoenix prosecutors will usually give DUI defendants time to hire their own attorney and consider an plea offer they make. You can always represent yourself, get copies of police reports and plea agreements, and then request some time to have another attorney review your file. There is usually no need to make a hasty decision.
If you have any questions or concerns about the location or local rules for courts in Maricopa County, feel free to contact Alcock and Associates today at 602-989-5000 to speak directly with an attorney. We would be happy to take the time to help you better understand how each court works and what you can expect.