New Changes to Alternative Dispute Resolutions

As of February 1, 2023 all parties in a case must file a Joint Certification of Readiness for Setting Settlement Conference Under Rule 16(i).

Before participating in a settlement conference, all parties must confirm compliance with the following conditions. All discovery and disclosure must be completed. There can be no outstanding disputes that could impact the conference. The parties must have also engaged in genuine attempts to resolve the dispute through good-faith settlement discussions. They must have no pending motions that need to be decided prior to settlement discussions.

The parties are also responsible for understanding and complying with their obligations to schedule and attend the conference, with authorized representatives available throughout the proceedings and providing all required materials in advance. Noncompliance may lead to court-imposed sanctions.

Counsel must confirm that they have discussed Rule 16 with their clients. Failure to timely file the Joint Request will result in the Alternative Dispute Resolution (ADR) provider informing the assigned judge and vacating the ADR referral. This means the parties will have to seek another referral after completing the certification process.

About the Civil Department

The Civil Department handles cases between individuals, businesses and corporations, partnerships and government entities. The court is responsible for the fair and lawful resolution of things like:

Contract Disputes
Contract Disputes
Personal Injury Claims
Personal Injury Claims
Property Damage
Property Damage
Medical Malpractice
Medical Malpractice

Civil Department Services


The commercial court helps provide quick, cost-effective methods of resolving commercial disputes.



Compulsory arbitration is a mandatory program for disputes valued under $50,000. It can help lower costs and provide quick resolutions to lower-level disputes.


Civil Department Additional Resources

The civil commissioners for the Superior Court preside over the following items:

  • Name Change for an Adult
  • Name Change for a Minor Child
  • Name Change for a Family
  • Amended Birth Certificate for Adult
  • Amended Birth Certificate for Minor Child
  • Amended Marriage License
  • Default
  • Forcible Detainer

If you need to schedule a hearing assigned to a civil commissioner call (602) 506-1497 on Monday thru Friday from 8am to 5pm

This repository provides information on the decisions for commercial court cases. Please note that cases ruled on prior to July 1, 2015, may not have information available. You will need to have Westlaw access in order to use the repository.

If you file for a restraining order or preliminary injunction and need an emergency hearing, you must email your documents to

Civil Department Leadership

Hon. Danielle Viola

Presiding Judge

Luke Emerson

Department Administrator

Contact the Civil Department