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Court - FAQs
Welcome to our Frequently Asked Questions section of the Glendale City Court Web site. Below you will find a series of commonly asked questions. Each question links to the appropriate answer and additional information.

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How does the appeal process work?

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How do I post bail?

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When can warrants be issued?

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When is my court date?

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Where can I view Arizona laws?

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Where can I view Glendale ordinances?

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Where do I have to report for defensive driving class?

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Where do I park?

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What are subpoenas?

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There is a warrant out for my arrest, what do I do?

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Can I get a marriage license from Glendale City Court?

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Can I go to defensive driving school for an Arizona citation if I live out of state?
bullet image Can you help me get child support?
bullet image What victim services are available?
bullet image Can you help me sue a contractor, neighbor, etc.?
bullet image Can you tell me if my license has been suspended?
bullet image How do I handle divorce, child custody and support payments?
bullet image How do I get a continuance for defensive driving school?
bullet image How should I dress for court?
bullet image I went to defensive driving school, now what happens?
bullet image Where do I find Glendale’s Small Claims Court?
bullet image What is the Self Service Center?
bullet image Where can I take a class to learn more about child restaint in vehicles?

Can I Pay My Ticket and Non-Delinquent Court Fines Online?

Yes.  CLICK HERE to go to our online payment system. Please have your Visa, MasterCard, or American Express credit or debit card ready along with your Citation or Case Number.


Can I Pay My Delinquent Court Fines Online?

Yes. CLICK HERE to go to our online delinquent fines payment system. Please have your Visa or MasterCard ready along with your Notice or Case Number.


How does the appeal process work?

An appeal is a legal process in which a higher court (Maricopa County Superior Court) reviews the decision of a lower court (Glendale City Court) based on the audio record of your hearing. An appeal is not a retrial of your case, and you cannot present new evidence or testimony. You are responsible for all appeal charges/fees. You may appeal civil traffic findings, criminal rulings and civil orders.

  • Civil Traffic - You have the right to appeal a final decision of a civil traffic matter in this court by filing a Notice of Appeal within 14 calendar days of the judgment of responsible. You are not required to pay the fine or post the bond to exercise your right to appeal. However, if you choose not to pay the fine or post the bond on the day the final judgment is entered or make arrangements to pay with the court, the court will enter a default judgment against you and additional fees will be assessed.
    Civil Traffic Appeals Guide (PDF)

  • Criminal - You have the right to appeal a final decision of a criminal matter in this court by filing a Notice of Appeal within 14 calendar days of the judgment of guilty. You are not required to pay the fine or post the bond to exercise your right to appeal.
    Criminal Appeals Guide (PDF)

  • Civil Orders - You have the right to appeal a final decision of a civil order in this court by filing a Notice of Appeal within 14 calendar days of the judgment.
    Civil Appeals Guide (PDF)

How do I post bail?

Bail (bond) may be posted in person at Glendale City Court (5711 W. Glendale Avenue) during court hours, and after court hours bail may be posted at Police Detention (6835 N. 57th Drive). The court accepts cash, checks, money orders, MasterCard, Visa and American Express. Police Detention accepts exact cash or money orders. You may call (623) 930-2400 for more information.

You may pay by phone at: (623) 930-2427.


When can warrants be issued?

There are several different times in criminal cases when warrants can be issued by Glendale City Court:

  • at the beginning of a case
  • during a case if a defendant fails to appear
  • after adjudication when a defendant fails to comply with the sentence

Criminal arrest warrants can be issued when there is reasonable cause to suspect an individual of a misdemeanor crime. Arrests result in being held in jail until a bond is paid or until the defendant is brought to the Court from the jail to see a judge. The judge will decide if bond should be continued or if the defendant can be released on his own recognizance.

When a person fails to appear for a scheduled court date, a warrant is issued. The defendant may be arrested. The defendant must post a bond and another court date will be set. If a defendant knows ahead of time that he cannot attend court at the scheduled time, he should request a continuance. He must appear unless the continuance is granted by a judge. If a person misses their court date, they should appear as soon as possible in court to ask the judge to quash the warrant and to reset the court date. The judge decides whether to require bond.

A warrant will be issued if a person is required to pay a fine or to complete a sentence and fails to do so. If a fine has been imposed and the defendant is arrested, he must pay the fine in cash, plus any fees. If this is not possible, the person will be brought to the court for the judge to decide to hold the person in contempt or release them to pay.

If a person has been placed on probation, and has violated probation, or has failed to appear for a review hearing date, a probation violation warrant will be issued. In addition, the prosecutor may file a petition to revoke probation.

In any situation where a warrant is outstanding, a person may appear at a walk-in time to see the judge. Walk-ins are from 8:30 a.m.-noon, and 1:30 –5 p.m., Monday through Friday.


When is my court date?

You can find your court date at /www.supreme.state.az.us/publicaccess/search.asp or call (623) 930-2400.


Where can I view Arizona laws?

Arizona laws may be viewed on line at www.azleg.state.az.us/arizonarevisedstatutes.asp.


Where can I view Glendale ordinances?

You may view them at www.glendaleaz.com/codebook/.


Where do I have to report for defensive driving class?

There are several locations available. for a complete list, consult the Web site www.supreme.state.az.us./driveschoolinfo or call 1-888-334-5565.


Where do I park?

Street parking is available on 57th Avenue south of Glendale Avenue or in the public parking garage on the west side of 57th Avenue.


What are subpoenas?

Subpoenas are orders to give testimony in court and are issued by the Glendale City Court. Parties may subpoena individuals by completing the subpoena form at the court. Parties are responsible for completing the forms and having the subpoenas served on the person who is to appear in court and testify.


There is a warrant out for my arrest, what do I do?

Appear in court as soon as possible during business hours to see a Judge. If you appear in person, you should be prepared to post some or all of the bond. During non-business hours, bonds can be paid at Glendale Detention located at 6835 N. 57th Drive. To post bond by phone or for more information call (623) 930-2427.


Can I get a marriage license from Glendale City Court?

You cannot get a marriage license at Glendale City Court. Call Justice Court Services at 602-506-8530 or visit their Web site at www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/justicecourts/


Can I go to defensive driving school for an Arizona citation if I live out of state?

If you wish to attend an out-of-state driving school, contact one of the Arizona schools listed on the Web site www.supreme.state.az.us./driveschoolinfo or call 1-888-334-5565.


Can you help me get child support?

Glendale City Court does not have jurisdiction over enforcement of child support payments. For information, contact Maricopa County Family Support Enforcement at (602) 506-3762. Information is also available at www.familysupportcenter.maricopa.gov/supportservices/support.html.


What victim services are available?

Victim Services are available through the city prosecutor’s office, (623) 930-3323, and the police department, (623) 930-3030.

A Victim Service advocate is available through the victim's assistance unit to assist victims of misdemeanor crimes that occur within Glendale city limits. An advocate is available to explain the judicial system; act as a link between the prosecutor and the victim; give current case status information; assist in obtaining orders of protection; make referrals for counseling, food, shelter and the like; and escort victims while they testify or appear at hearings.

Click here to visit our victim services section.


Can you help me sue a contractor, neighbor, etc.?

No. These cases are filed in justice courts. Contact Manistee Justice Court at (602) 372-2000. For a complete list of justice courts visit http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/justiceCourts/CourtsAndSections/CivilSuits.asp



Can you tell me if my license has been suspended?

You will need to call the Motor Vehicle Division at (602) 255-0072. Information is also available at http://www.azdot.gov/mvd/faqs/scripts/faqs.asp.


How do I handle divorce, child custody and support payments?

Glendale City Court does not have jurisdiction over cases involving divorce, child custody or child support. Such cases are filed in Maricopa County Superior Court. For information on divorce, child custody or child support go to www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov or call the Maricopa County switchboard at (602) 506-3011.


How do I get a continuance for defensive driving school?

For one continuance to complete the defensive driving school, you can call the court at (623) 930-2400 prior to your court date.


How should I dress for court?

Casual business attire is appropriate for most court appearances. Tank tops or shorts are not appropriate for courtroom proceedings. Clothing with visible offensive wording is not permitted.


I went to defensive driving school, now what happens?

When you complete the class at one of the schools listed on the brochure given to you by the police officer, the school notifies the court and the charge is dismissed on your record. For further questions, call the Court at (623) 930-2400.


Where do I find Glendale’s Small Claims Court?

Glendale City Court does not have jurisdiction over small claims cases. For information on filing a small claims case, contact:

  • Manistee or North Valley Justice Court - (602) 372-2000

Both courts are located at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane, Surprise, AZ 85374.


Where can I take a class to learn more about child restraint in vehicles?

Children Are Priceless Passengers (CAPP) is a voluntary program available to persons cited for a violation of A.R.S. 28-907A & B (Child Restraint Law). Upon completion of the class and presentation of the certificate, the fine will be reduced to zero. Some attendees may obtain a new child safety seat during the class.

Classes are two hours in length and offered in both English and Spanish. A class fee of $35 is required, pre-registration is required, and only cash or money order payment will be accepted. Day care is not provided, and children are not permitted at the classes.

Registration
The fee for the classes is $35. For more information about Children Are Priceless Passenger classes, including school contact and registration information, please go to www.glendaleaz.com/CAPP - click on the CAPP program or call 602-255-3216.


What is the Self Service Center?

The Self Help Center is a service offered by Maricopa County Superior Court to help individuals assist themselves in court. Information is available in the following categories:

  • general information
  • forms
  • lawyers
  • mediation services

To access these services, go to any Superior Court branch or visit the court system online at http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/superiorcourt/self-servicecenter/.

 

 

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