Civil Department

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Civil cases involve legal conflicts among individuals, businesses, corporations, partnerships and governmental entities. Most civil cases are the result of personal injury, property damage, medical malpractice or contract disputes.

The Civil department is committed to exploring ways to make justice more affordable and more accessible to its customers via Complex Litigation Cases and supreme court-approved Internet-based E-Filing. The department dedicates itself to reducing delay, cutting costs, facilitating public access and providing more choices in resolving disputes through Arbitration for disputes valued under $50,000.

Civil Forms

Court staff cannot give legal advice. If you need legal advice or help filling out forms, you have several options.

Also available is a Frequently Asked Questions section.

Civil Online Dispute Resolution (ODR)

Civil Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) allows parties to resolve their cases online.  Credit Card Debt cases are currently eligible to participate in ODR.  Visit the Civil Online Dispute Resolution (ODR) website to find out more information.

Commercial Court

The Arizona Supreme Court established Commercial Court as a program that provides a new superior court venue for commercial litigation.


Commissioner Information

The commissioners of Superior Court preside over the following:

  • Judgment Debtor Exams
  • Name Changes
  • Forcible Detainers
  • Garnishments
  • Defaults
  • Injunctions Against Harassment
  • Order of Continuing Lien
  • Commissioner Calendar

Glossary of Common Terms

Provided is a listing of court related terms, defined to help you with the filing of your forms. To locate your definition, click on the initial letter of the word or phrase you're searching for.

Civil Presiding Judge
Pamela Gates

Keith Kaplan
Civil Department Court Administrator
Contact the Civil Department

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