Civil Department

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Prior to Your Virtual Hearing, Please Visit:


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.  You can also request GotoMeeting access by contacting Civil Administration at (602) 506-1497.    

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


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.

Compulsory Arbitration

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. Click here to view more information regarding Compulsory Arbitration.

Commercial Court

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


Complex Litigation 

A "complex case" is a civil action that requires continuous judicial management to avoid placing unnecessary burdens on the court or the litigants and to expedite the case, keep costs reasonable, and promote an effective decision making process by the court, parties and counsel.

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.

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

Update Attorney Information

Per Rule 2.10 of Arizona Court Procedures, each attorney shall promptly advise the Clerk of the Superior Court and the Court Administrator, separately and in writing, of that attorney's office address, telephone number, e-mail address, or law firm affiliation if it is different from that listed in the current Directory of the State Bar of Arizona or is omitted from the directory. The Clerk of the Superior Court and the Court Administrator shall promptly note that information on the records of their offices, together with the date of receipt of that information, and they shall not otherwise be responsible for the office address, telephone number, e-mail address, or law firm affiliation of any attorney. For your convenience, the Clerk of Court in Maricopa County has a webpage to update your address:


 Civil Presiding Judge
Danielle Viola


Luke Emerson
Civil Department Administrator
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