Judicial Branch Communications

The Communications Office is responsible for the public communication from the Judicial Branch to the public, news media, community groups and other stakeholders. The office provides initial case information to news organizations, coordinates news cameras to be present in the Courtroom, updates the public on significant and high-profile cases, facilitates court tours for hundreds of local students each year, and maintains the Branch’s social media presence online.

The Superior Court offers a number of programs for students and adults interested in learning more about the court and the criminal justice system.

Speakers' Bureau

Courthouse Experience

Press Releases 

  • Nov. 22, 2021: Court Celebrates National Adoption Day with In-Person Event
  • Nov. 8, 2021: Education Program Aims to Reach Justice-Involved and In-Need Adults
  • Oct. 27, 2021: Virtual Life Skills and Internal Strength Classes Offered for Youth
  • Oct. 18, 2021Domestic Violence Victims Find Support Through Superior Court
  • Oct. 4, 2021Some Maricopa County Court Cases Streaming Online
  • Aug. 30, 2021: Court sees influx of petitioners filing for Prop. 207 expungements
  • Aug. 18, 2021Music Program in Juvenile Detention Helps Youth Succeed
  • Aug. 3, 2021: Restoring Civil Rights is a Self-Serve Process with Maricopa County Superior Court
  • July 21, 2021: Drug Court Programs Receive National Acclaim
  • July 19, 2021Pretrial, Probation, and Parole Supervision Week (PPPS Week)
  • July 14, 2021Court Expands Public Access to Facilities
  • June 29, 2021: Law Library Resource Center Accepting In-Person Appointments beginning July 1
  • May 3, 2021Superior Court Honors Jurors
  • July 1, 2020Judicial Branch in Maricopa County Suspends Jury Trials through July 31, 2020
  • May 29, 2020: Maricopa County Superior Court Announces Transition Plan to Slowly Resume In-Person Operations; Requires Health Screening and Face Masks; Provides for Remote Access to Publicly Available Proceedings
  • March 24, 2020Maricopa Presiding Judge Further Restricts Superior Court Public Access During COVID-19 Pandemic
  • March 20, 2020: Maricopa Superior Court Traffic Reduced 40% Amid COVID-19 Concerns; Extends Suspension of Jury Service Through 4/17/20
  • March 16, 2020Judicial Branch Implements Temporary Measures to Mitigate COVID-19 Exposure Risk; Cancels New Jury Selection through March 30, 2020
  • March 13, 2020Judicial Branch of Arizona in Maricopa County Addresses COVID-19 Concerns

Media Coverage of Court Operations

Nov. 22, 2021: Adoption Day

Nov. 19, 2021Valley family celebrating their newest family addition on National Adoption Day

Nov. 4, 2021: Delitos menores no son un juego

Oct. 21, 2021Maricopa County's Law Library Resource Center helps victims of domestic violence

Oct. 5, 2021Maricopa County's court hearings can now be watched online

Sept. 5, 2021AZ Marijuana Expungement Forms Available From Maricopa County Superior Court Law Library

Sept. 1, 2021Law groups help Arizonans expunge marijuana charges from record

Sept. 1, 2021Maricopa County Superior Court Grants 3,600 Marijuana Expungement Petitions

Sept. 1, 2021: Arizona Court Clears 3,600 Cannabis Clarges

Aug. 31, 2021Arizona Superior Court clears marijuana charges for thousands after Prop 207 passage 

Aug. 31, 2021Music program aimed at helping kids stay out of juvenile detention

Aug. 30, 2021: Arizona Superior Court Sees Influx of People Filing to Clear Marijuana Convictions

July 29, 2021: Maricopa County drug court programs help change lives 

July 29, 2021: Peoria woman overcomes addiction through Maricopa County drug court

July 19, 2021Full Public Access To Maricopa County Courts Starts Monday

July 14, 2021Maricopa County Courts Expand Public Access To Facilities

June 12, 2020: Called up for jury duty? Here's what it will be like under COVID-19 

June 1, 2020Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty Gives Update on Court Operations during the Pandemic on KJZZ's "The Show"

March 25, 2020Presiding Judge Joseph C. Welty Explains COVID-19 Court Operations on KJZZ's "The Show"

Judicial Retirements

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Media Information

News media representatives can read about ground rules and request to document court proceedings by completing a Courtroom Camera Request


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