About the Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court

This specialized court is designed to assist individuals experiencing homelessness to overcome legal barriers by resolving misdemeanor cases and warrants. Receive resources for:

Resolving misdemeanor cases
Resolving misdemeanor cases
Addressing outstanding warrants
Addressing outstanding warrants
Accessing social services
Accessing social services
Experiencing a supportive environment
Experiencing a supportive environment

Participation

How to Participate

Qualified providers advise eligible people living with homelessness on how the Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court (MCRHC) may address outstanding warrants and certain unresolved court matters.

  1. The case manager applies to MCRHC on behalf of the applicant, once the applicant has been accepted into the case manager’s organization (case managers have different program requirements but most include sobriety, housing, treatment, counseling, progress towards employment and community service hours).
  2. If the applicant qualifies, MCRHC requests approval to hear cases from the Municipal and/or Justice Courts in Maricopa County.
  3. The case is scheduled to be heard in MCRHC, once the applicant has met the program and community restitution requirements.
  4. The applicant comes to MCRHC with their case manager and reports on their program participation.
  5. If appropriate, the Judge quashes relevant warrants, fines and fees in exchange for completed community restitution hours.
  6. Cases are closed and legal barriers are removed.

Requirements to Participate

Participation in Homeless Court requires that:

  • No active felony warrants.
  • Charges must qualify: No criminal charges with mandatory sentencing provisions or charges where a victim has invoked their rights.
  • Evidence of income or financial sustainability.
  • Actively enrolled in a program with a qualified program provider and have completed (or be near completion) all program/case plan requirements.
  • In regular contact with your case manager and your case manager can confirm that you are no longer "living a homeless lifestyle" and you are not likely to be arrested for "quality of life" offenses.

Maricopa County Regional Homeless Court Resources

 

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For Participants

MCRHC is designed to allow those struggling with homelessness who may have active warrants for non-violent crimes.

View Application (PDF) Find Program Providers
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For Case Managers

Case managers play a crucial role in referring homeless individuals to the MCRHC and connecting them with the appropriate resources to resolve their legal issues.

View Case Manager Instructions
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Qualified Transitional Program Providers 

Collaborating with community partners and program providers, the MCRHC ensures that participants have access to crucial social services to help them transition out of homelessness.

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MCRHC Location

204 South 12th Avenue, Phoenix, AZ 85007 Court is held on the 3rd Tuesday of every month at 1:30 PM

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