Civil Department News:
**Election Challenge Public Access Information**
**Election Challenge Filing Information for Election Day, November 3, 2020**
Pursuant to Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-165, the Superior Court of Arizona in Maricopa County will remain open to accept election challenge cases until the Court is informed by the Maricopa County Elections Department that all polling places are closed to voters.
Any election case filed after 5:00 p.m. must be filed with the Clerk of Court - Downtown Phoenix location, located at:
Central Court Building
201 W Jefferson St
Phoenix, AZ 85003
After filing, a judge will be assigned to the case and the filing party will be notified by email of the assignment.
For emergency issues regarding election cases, parties may contact the division of Judge Gates at 602-506-6391.
For Information Regarding COVID-19 and Civil Department Operations, Please Visit: Maricopa County Superior Court's Modified Operations Website
Prior to Your Virtual Hearing, Please Visit: Civil Department Best Practices for Virtual Court Hearings
Interested in Serving as a Certified Arbitrator?
If you are interested in serving as a Certified Arbitrator, please complete the interactive application. For more information about the Certified Arbitrator Program, please visit the Certified Arbitrator Program information page, where you can find a List of Certified Arbitrators. More information can also be found in the Tier 2 Arbitration Pilot Program informational sheet.
Arbitrators and Judges Pro Tempore - Looking to hold your arbitration hearings or settlement conferences by video? Google Meet offers a free secure platform for multiparty video calls.
About the Civil Department
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 Compulsory Arbitration for disputes valued under $50,000.
A new Certified Arbitration Program was created in 2020 to serve Tier 2 Civil cases to aid in the speedy and efficient resolution of those matters where desired.
Also available is a Frequently Asked Questions section.
Civil Department Administrative Orders
Civil Department Administrative Orders can be found on the Administrative Orders page by selecting the Civil/Tax button.
New Administrative Orders Include:
The Arizona Supreme Court established Commercial Court as a program that provides a new superior court venue for commercial litigation.
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.
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.
The commissioners of Superior Court preside over the following:
- Judgment Debtor Exams
- Name Changes
- Forcible Detainers
- Injunctions Against Harassment
- Order of Continuing Lien
- Commissioner Calendar
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