Civil Department

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Prior to Your Virtual Hearing, Please Visit: Civil Department Best Practices for Virtual Court Hearings


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 Christina Flores in Judge Gates's division at 602-506-6391.     

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.

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.

Commercial Court

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


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

Civil Presiding Judge
Pamela Gates


Luke Emerson
Civil Department Administrator
Contact the Civil Department

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