Surprise City Court
Surprise City Court

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For your convenience, the Surprise City Court provides online payment options.

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COURT LOCATION

We are located at the corner of Paradise Lane and Civic Center Plaza in the far west end of the Public Safety Building.

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About the Surprise City Court

Our Mission

Surprise Municipal Court’s primary function is to fairly and impartially adjudicate all cases filed in the court and to effectively obtain compliance with the court’s orders. We also provide the best possible service to the public by courteously and promptly answering questions and assisting all persons having business at the court, and by ensuring proper and timely accounting for both the judicial and financial activities of the Court. We pledge to faithfully execute the judicial and administrative duties of the Municipal Court as prescribed by law.

What We Do

The Surprise City Court handles cases ranging from minor traffic violations to Class 1 misdemeanors that carry a maximum penalty of six months in jail and/or a $2,500 fine, plus surcharges.

The Court is a separate branch of city government and a part of the statewide court system, subject to the authority of the Arizona Supreme Court.

To learn more about the Arizona Supreme Court, visit: http://www.azcourts.gov

Court Calendar

Court Calendar

Find out when you have to appear in court. The current court calendar is available for download. Please select your search option:

Name Search

To search a calendar document by Last Name:

  1. Hold down the Ctrl key and press F
  2. The "Find" window appears
  3. Enter a partial last name to advance to that area of the file

Calendar Updates

The Court's calendar is refreshed once a day. If unable to locate a court date and time, please try again later.

Disclaimer

Pursuant to the Rules of the Supreme Court of Arizona, Rule 123, the information on this site is public record. The City of Surprise and Surprise City Court will not be liable for inaccurate or untimely information, or for misrepresentation or misuse of the data.

Please Note: The Surprise City Court has adopted a case management policy (AO 09-11) that establishes a total number of case settings for each case filing as follows:

Type of Setting Approximate Time from filing date
Arraignment 4 weeks
Pre-Trial Conference 6 weeks
Trial Setting Conference 12 weeks
Calendar Call (Jury Trials Only) 15 weeks
Trial 16 weeks or less
FAQs

Criminal Offenses

If you have been cited for a criminal misdemeanor offense, you must appear at the Surprise City Court on the designated court date and time. At a criminal arraignment, you are advised of the charges pending against you. If you plead guilty or are found guilty, all fines assessed are due on the same day (please refer to the Fines & Restitution page for more information).

If you choose to plead not guilty, the Court will set a pretrial conference where you will have the opportunity to talk with a City Prosecutor to discuss possible plea negotiations. Be aware that the City Prosecutor is not your attorney and he/she is prohibited from providing you legal advice on how your case should be handled.

An arraignment is a court appearance in which you are formally notified of the charges that have been filed against you. There are basically three options:

  1. Plead guilty or no contest to the judge. The judge may pronounce the sentence at that time or schedule sentencing for another day.
  2. Plead not guilty and get a new court date for a pretrial conference.
  3. You may enter into a diversion agreement, if eligible. Diversion means that the State will agree to suspend prosecution for a set period of time and the charge(s) may be dismissed if the diversion requirements are successfully met.

Criminal Appeals

An appeal is a request to a higher court to review the decision of a lower court. On appeal, no new evidence is introduced. The higher court is limited to considering whether the lower court erred on a question of law or gave a decision plainly contrary to the evidence presented during trial.

How do I file an appeal?

If you decide to appeal a decision made against you for a criminal violation, or a citation with both criminal and civil traffic violations, you must file a NOTICE OF APPEAL with the Surprise City Court within 14 calendar days from date of judgment. If you fail to file an appeal before this time period expires, you will lose your right to appeal.

What costs are involved?

There is a $34 fee for the Superior Court record, and $51 administrative fee for the Surprise City Court. Total due is $85. This fee covers the cost of making a CD of the proceedings and must be paid the same day that the notice of appeal is filed. If more than one CD is required (if the hearing is longer than 60 minutes), you will be required to obtain the services of a court reporter to prepare a written transcript. You will be charged for the preparation of the transcript. In the event that you must hire a court reporter, you may set up a payment arrangement with the court reporter directly.

An appeal bond may not be required to stay the conviction and sentence on a criminal case. This means that during the appeal process, the conviction and sentence that was entered against you is placed on hold until the Superior Court makes a decision on the case.

Can I have an attorney represent me for my appeal?

You may have an attorney represent you during the appeal process. You may also proceed pro-per (acting as your own attorney).

Will the Court appoint me an attorney?

The Court may appoint an attorney for certain criminal appeals. You must first be deemed indigent. To attain this status, you must submit a written request for a public defender and provide a sworn financial statement for the Surprise City Court to rule on.

What if I cannot afford the costs of an appeal?

If you cannot afford the costs associated with the appeal process, you may ask the Court to consider you indigent. In order to attain this status, you must provide a sworn financial statement for the Surprise City Court to rule on.

What is a memorandum and when does it need to be filed?

Upon receipt of your notice of appeal and your written memorandum, the Surprise City Court will forward a complete copy of your case to you and the state.

A memorandum is a written statement that you send to the Surprise City Court setting forth the legal issues and legal reasons why you are appealing the judgment of the Surprise City Court.

Once the Surprise City Court has received both the appellate memorandum (from the party filing the appeal) and appellee memorandum (from the opposing party), the case will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Failure to pay any costs or fees, or to respond to any notices from the City Court or Superior Court may result in your appeal being dismissed. You should read and respond to all notices received from either court.

Traffic Court

Traffic Court

Civil traffic violations include, but are not limited to:

  • speeding
  • failure to provide proof of registration
  • a valid driver’s license
  • car insurance
  • failure to obey a traffic control device
  • The court also handles parking violations.

What to do when you receive a civil traffic ticket

When you receive a citation that contains a civil traffic offense only, you have several options:

Option 1 - Attend a Defensive Driving Class

If a charge on your complaint is marked as civil traffic, and you are eligible to attend a class, that charge will be dismissed. No points will be placed on your driving record. You will pay a registration fee to attend. Learn more about the Defensive Driving Program.

Option 2 - Payment by Mail, by Telephone, in Person or Online

Waive your right to a hearing, enter a plea of responsible and pay the sanction. You do not have to appear in court.
You must appear on your court date if you were cited for 28-701.02 (A1, A2 or A3)
  • By Mail: 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105 Surprise, AZ 85374
  • By Phone: MasterCard and VISA credit/debit card payments are accepted by phone at 623-222-4800 during regular business hours.
    MasterCard, VISA, American Express and Discover credit/debit card payments are accepted by phone (IVR) at 888-272-9829, Jurisdiction code 1353. Note: A convenience fee will be charged for payments made by phone at 888-272-9829.
  • In Person: Court Hours: Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. or use the payment drop box located near the court entrance. Get Directions.
  • Pay Online: Visa, MasterCard and Discover Card are accepted for online payments.
    For help calculating your fines, use the Fine Calculator to determine your amount due and then pay online.
    If you are already know the amount due, proceed to the Official Payments website to make your payment.

Option 3 - Request a Hearing

You may request a Hearing on the charges. The hearing date will be set approximately 30 days from the date of request. You may bring witnesses and present your case before a judge. On the charges for which a hearing is requested, you give up the option of attending a defensive driving class.

Appeals

An appeal is a request to a higher court to review the decision of a lower court. On appeal, no new evidence is introduced. The higher court is limited to considering whether the lower court erred on a question of law or gave a decision plainly contrary to the evidence presented during trial.

How do I file an appeal?

If you decide to appeal a decision made against you for a criminal violation, or a citation with both criminal and civil traffic violations, you must file a NOTICE OF APPEAL with the Surprise City Court within 14 calendar days from date of judgment. If you fail to file an appeal before this time period expires, you will lose your right to appeal.

What costs are involved?

There is a $34 fee for the Superior Court record, and $51 administrative fee for the Surprise City Court. Total due is $85. This fee covers the cost of making a CD of the proceedings and must be paid the same day that the notice of appeal is filed. If more than one CD is required (if the hearing is longer than 60 minutes), you will be required to obtain the services of a court reporter to prepare a written transcript. You will be charged for the preparation of the transcript. In the event that you must hire a court reporter, you may set up a payment arrangement with the court reporter directly.

An appeal bond may not be required to stay the conviction and sentence on a criminal case. This means that during the appeal process, the conviction and sentence that was entered against you is placed on hold until the Superior Court makes a decision on the case.

Can I have an attorney represent me for my appeal?

You may have an attorney represent you during the appeal process. You may also proceed proper (acting as your own attorney).

Will the Court appoint me an attorney?

The Court may appoint an attorney for certain criminal appeals. You must first be deemed indigent. To attain this status, you must submit a written request for a public defender and provide a sworn financial statement for the Surprise City Court to rule on.

What if I cannot afford the costs of an appeal?

If you cannot afford the costs associated with the appeal process, you may ask the Court to consider you indigent. In order to attain this status, you must provide a sworn financial statement for the Surprise City Court to rule on.

What is a memorandum and when does it need to be filed?

Upon receipt of your notice of appeal and your written memorandum, the Surprise City Court will forward a complete copy of your case to you and the state.

A memorandum is a written statement that you send to the Surprise City Court setting forth the legal issues and legal reasons why you are appealing the judgment of the Surprise City Court.

Once the Surprise City Court has received both the appellate memorandum (from the party filing the appeal) and appellee memorandum (from the opposing party), the case will be forwarded to the Maricopa County Superior Court. Failure to pay any costs or fees, or to respond to any notices from the City Court or Superior Court may result in your appeal being dismissed. You should read and respond to all notices received from either court.

Juvenile Civil Traffic Offenders

A juvenile is considered to be any individual who is under the age of 18 years. All juvenile civil traffic violations are treated in the same manner with the same penalties as an adult civil traffic violation. A parent or legal guardian must be present at all court appearances.

If a juvenile fails to appear, or fails to comply with any court order, the Court will direct the Arizona Motor Vehicle Department to suspend the juvenile’s driver’s license.

Juvenile Criminal Offenses are filed by the Police Department in the Juvenile Division of the Superior Court.

Proof of Corrections for Mechanical, Registration, License, and Insurance Violations

If you were cited with a charge and the accompanying fine can be reduced, suspended, or dismissed with proper proof of correction, it will be necessary for you to mail or bring in the proof along with any reduced fine that will be imposed. Contact the Court for assistance with determining the amount of the reduced fine.

Driver's License Violations

If the charge is for failure to provide or carry a valid driver's license, the fine can be suspended by providing a valid driver's license. Refer to the bond schedule for more information.

Equipment Violations

Proof of correction of an equipment or mechanical violation may reduce the fine if receipts of repair or purchase are provided to the court.

Insurance Violations

If you provide proof to the Court showing that the vehicle involved was insured on the date and time the complaint was issued, the charge will be dismissed.

If you are found in violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135(A), (B) and (C), the Motor Vehicle Department (MVD) will administratively suspend your driving privileges and the registration of the vehicle being driven at the time of the violation. The monetary penalties associated with violations of the above referenced statute remain the same and are:

  • $500 + surcharges and court fees, for a first offense = ($935.00)
  • $750+ surcharges and court fees, for a second offense = ($1,413.00)
  • $1000 + surcharges and court fees, for a third offense = ($1,873.00)

The statute also allows the court to reduce or waive the penalty imposed for a violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 B&C if the person provides proof of both the following items:

  • The defendant (driver) not been found responsible of a violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 within the past 24 months OR has not had more than one violation of A.R.S. § 28-4135 within the past 36 months as evidenced by the person's driving record.
  • The defendant has purchased a six month policy of insurance that meets the requirements of A.R.S. § 28-4009.

The statute allows the court to:

  • waive the monetary penalty
  • waive only the driver’s license suspension
  • waive only the registration suspension
  • waive both the driver’s license suspension and registration suspension
  • impose a lower monetary penalty, or
  • any combination of the items listed here

Upon receipt of the record of judgment, MVD is responsible for entering a suspension of the defendant’s driver license and/or registration/plates in their system. In order to ensure that the defendant is in compliance with the suspension and to receive timely notification from MVD, the defendant must ensure that MVD has their most current address.

The suspension of the defendant’s driver license/registration/plates is not effective until MVD mails the Corrective Action Notice to the address of record. Service of notice is considered complete upon the mailing of the Corrective Action Notice. The Corrective Action Notice will provide information of the effective date for the suspension and reinstatement requirements (e.g., fees, SR22, proof of insurance, etc).

Defendants may be eligible for a MVD issued restricted license if they obtain a SR22, proof of insurance and they comply with the additional criteria established by the MVD.

To determine eligibility and for any other questions regarding suspension, defendants should contact MVD at:

Online:
http://www.azdot.gov/MVD/index.asp
Phoenix:
(602) 255-0072
Tucson:
(520) 629-9808
TTD Systems Only
Phoenix (602) 712-3222
Elsewhere in Arizona 1-800-251-5866

Children Are Priceless Passengers (CAPP) Program

The CAPP program is a partnership between Sun Health Del E. Webb Hospital, the Governor's Office of Highway Safety, police departments, and municipal/justice courts designed to educate families about:

  • Injury prevention
  • Crash dynamics
  • Types of restraints for children
  • Installation of child safety seats

Class is taught by certified child passenger safety technicians. The classes are open to the public and cited drivers with the opportunity to receive a child safety seat upon completion of class. Proof of successful completion of the CAPP program will result in suspension of any fines resulting from a citation for not using a child safety seat. Also refer to the bond schedule for more information.

For more information about CAPP including class locations and schedules visit the Governor’s Office of Highway Safety website or call 602-255-3216.

Traffic Court

Defensive Driving Program

The Surprise City Court allows Defensive Driving Classes for persons who receive tickets for specific moving traffic violations.  There are several requirements that must be met before you are deemed eligible to attend.

Am I Eligible?

To be eligible:

  • You must not presently be enrolled, or have completed any other traffic class for dismissal of a ticket in the State of Arizona in the last two years.
  • Your ticket must not have resulted from an accident involving an injury.
  • You must have a valid driver's license at the time of your violation.
  • The violation for which you were cited must be designated as a civil traffic moving violation and may be found on the BOND SCHEDULE.  If your specific violation is not listed, please refer to the State Defensive Driving Program at www.azdrive.com for a complete list of eligible violations.
  • You should be aware that if you complete traffic school for this ticket, and a subsequent record check reveals that you are not eligible to attend, this ticket will not be dismissed and you will have to resolve your ticket by selecting another option.

If you have received more than one violation, and were granted an extension of the court date by this Court, the extension covers only the violation for which you plan to attend school.  All other violations must be handled with the Court by the original court date as written on the ticket by the officer.

How Do I Enroll?

If you meet the eligibility requirements listed above, you may enroll in the Defensive Driving Program. Some classes are available in Spanish. To enroll, you must call the toll-free number or visit the website listed below.

On the day of the class, you must bring your driver’s license, your copy of the citation, pencil and paper for instructions, and a money order in the required amount.  If you lost your citation, you must return to the Court to get a copy.  If you fail to bring a copy of your citation to class, you will not be permitted to attend.

 NOTE:  Cash or Personal Checks will not be accepted at the defensive driving class.


You must complete the program at least 7 days before your assigned court date.  Upon completion of the program, the traffic school will notify the Court.  If the citation had only one charge, your case will be deemed complete.  However, if other charges remain, you are responsible for them and may need to visit the Court to settle the case.

What are the advantages to attending the Defensive Driving Program?

  • The charge will be dismissed.
  • A fine will not be assessed.
  • Points will not be assessed against your driving record.
Fines & Restitution

Fines & Restitution

The information below will assist you with calculating and paying the amount due for your civil traffic and/or criminal violations. If you need assistance, please do not hesitate to contact the Court.

Paying Your Fines

You have an obligation to pay your fines on the date of sentencing,
once you have...
  • entered a plea, or
  • have been found guilty or responsible of a violation
You must make full payment for all fines/sanctions imposed,
when you...
  • plead "Guilty" or "No Contest" to criminal violations, or
  • plead "Responsible" in civil traffic violations

If you are financially unable to meet your court ordered obligation on the day of sentencing, you may request a payment plan. This can only be considered once you have completed the detailed financial application and make a required down payment.

Calculate What You Owe

To calculate the total amount due on a civil traffic citation, refer to the violation code(s) on the bond envelope given to you by the officer at the time your citation was issued. Add the fine for each violation on the citation. For help calculating your fines, visit the Online Fine Calculator to calculate your payment and pay online.

If you are not sure of the violation charged, or the fine amount due, contact the Court at 623.222.4800 or appear in person during regular business hours.

Option 1 - Pay Online

The Surprise City Court accepts VISA, MasterCard and Discover Card for online payments.

You will need to have your case number or complaint number available in order to complete your online transaction. You may search for your case number online at http://www.azcourts.gov. Please allow 48 hours for your new complaint to be entered into the courts case management system.

Need help calculating your fines? Use the Fine Calculator to calculate your payment and pay online.

If you are already know the amount due, click here to proceed to the Official Payments website to make your payment.

If you experience trouble with making an online payment, please contact Official Payments customer service at 800-487-4567.

Option 2 - Pay in Person

Pay at the Court Counter

Payments are accepted in person at the front counter located in the lobby of the Court during business hours.

Court Address / Map:

16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
Online Map / Directions

Court Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
After Hours Payments:
A payment drop box is located near the court entrance. Do not place cash payments in the drop box.

The Court accepts the following payment types:

  • Cash (in-person payments only)
  • VISA/MasterCard
  • Debit Cards
  • Personal Checks; Certified Checks
  • Money Orders

THIRD PARTY Check are NOT accepted

Note: Personal checks NOT accepted on cases with an active warrant.

Use the Payment Drop Box

You can drop off violation payments to the Court in a specially designated payment drop box located in front of the Court near the mailboxes. The payment drop box is accessible 24 hours a day, seven days a week. No cash payments please.

  • A receipt will be issued for every payment made in person, by mail, and over the telephone. A self addressed, stamped envelope is required for receipt to be mailed back to payee.
  • A $15 fee will be added to the account paid on where there are ‘Insufficient Funds’ or the check is otherwise returned to the court from the bank.
  • Please save all your receipts. This is your proof of payment.
  • Over-payments less than $10.00 will be refunded only upon written request received within 10 business days of date posted.

Option 3 - Pay by Phone

MasterCard and VISA credit/debit card payments are accepted by phone at 623-222-4800 during regular business hours.

MasterCard, VISA and Discover credit/debit card payments are accepted by phone (IVR) at 888-272-9829, Jurisdiction code 1353. A convenience fee will be charged for payments made by phone at 888-272-9829.

Option 4 - Pay by Mail

Mail your payment to:

Surprise City Court
16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374

Please include your citation or case number on the envelope.
Please do not send cash.

Payment Plans

If you are financially unable to meet your court ordered obligation on the day of sentencing, you may request a payment plan. This can only be considered once you have completed the detailed financial application and make a required down payment.

Make a payment online

Collections - FARE Enforcement Program

If your case has been referred to a collection agency, you may pay your amount due on the FARE Enforcement Program website. Click here to make a payment online at the FARE website.

If You Do Not Appear in Court on Scheduled Date...

For Civil Traffic Charges, the Court will:

Suspend driving privileges and Administrative Fees totaling $100 will be to your total obligation.

For Criminal Traffic Charges, the Court will issue:

A warrant for your arrest, your driving privileges will be suspended, and Administrative Fees totaling $250 will be added to your total obligation.

For Criminal Charges, the Court will issue:

A warrant for your arrest and Administrative Fees totaling $200 will be added to your total obligation.

List of Fines Due Immediately

The Court expects that fines will be paid in full and as quickly as possible. These expectations are expressed in notices from the Court, or on behalf of the Court emphasizing payment due on the date of sentencing.

A.R.S. 28-645A3A and 28-647.1- State law requires all persons to attend and successfully complete Traffic Survival School (TSS) for those found responsible for a red light or flashing red light violation, unless they are eligible and attend Defensive Driving School.  If you are required to attend TSS, you will receive notice from Motor Vehicle Division (MVD) that will provide additional information.

A.R.S. 28-907A-CHILD PASSENGER RESTRAINT- To reduce the fine to $0, please mail a purchase receipt for a child passenger restraint system after date and time complaint was issued  OR complete a CAPP class and charge shall be dismissed upon proof of completion. For more information about CAPP, visit the Traffic Court page.

A.R.S. 28-2153A- NO PROOF OF REGISTRATION- To reduce the fine to $140, mail or fax proof of current AZ registration.  Send check/money order or provide credit/debit card information before your court date unless other arrangements have been made. Click here for the Court address.

A.R.S. 28-3169A- NO DRIVER LICENSE IN POSSESSION- Mail or present valid proof of current driver license to have the sanction reduced to zero. Click here for the Court address.

Important: If you were cited for 28-701.02 (A1, A2 or A3) you must appear on your court date.

Arizona State Income Tax Interception Program

The Surprise City Court may have received payment on your behalf through the Arizona State Income Tax Inception Program. Please note that although a refund intercept satisfies fines due at this court, driving privileges will remain suspended through MVD until reinstatement fees are paid. Reinstatement fees may be paid at any MVD office.

MVD General Public Phone Numbers

Phoenix:
602-255-0072
Tucson:
520-629-9808
Elsewhere in AZ:
800-251-5866

Drivers License Reinstatement

Before attempting to reinstate your drivers license by phone or online, please call the General Public Number (listed above) to make certain the complaint is in the MVD Database.
By Phone:
877-301-8093
Online:
http://servicearizona.com/reinstateLicense
Jury Duty

Jury Information Center

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Jury Duty Status List

Please look for your group number to determine the status of your jury duty. The Jury Duty call line is 623 222-4810.

July 17, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report  
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report  
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to Call 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
 4000, 4001, 8000

July 31, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report
 
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to CALL 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
 4000, 4001, 8000

August 14, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report
 
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to CALL 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
  4000, 4001, 8000

August 28, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report
 
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to CALL 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
  4000, 4001, 8000

September 11, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report
 
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to CALL 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
  4000, 4001, 8000

September 25, 2014

Jury Duty Status Group Numbers
Groups Numbers that DO NOT need to report
Group Numbers REQUIRED to report
 
Group Numbers on STANDBY and REQUIRED to CALL 623 222-4810
after 5:00p.m. the evening BEFORE the scheduled jury service date.
  4000, 4001, 8000

"I've been selected for jury duty, what do I do?"

Jury duty at the Surprise City Court usually lasts the length of one trial, normally 1-2 days. The evening before your jury service date, please call 623.222.4810. A pre-recorded message will tell you if you are to report, if you have been placed on stand-by, excused, or if you have been reassigned. For your convenience the recording is in operation between the hours of 5 p.m. and 8 a.m.

If you must report for jury duty, please plan to arrive by 7:45a.m. and no later than 8:00a.m. Late arrivals are subject to rescheduling with or without pay. Failure to appear or to reschedule your appearance will subject you to a possible fine of $100.00 for contempt of court, pursuant to A.R.S. 21-334. Further, please do not bring children, relatives, or friends with you on the day you report for jury duty.

Terms of Service

Compensation: Jurors who are chosen to sit on a jury receive $12 per day, plus a one-way mileage fee of 34.5 cents/mile. Prospective jurors who are not chosen will be paid the mileage fee only. Payment is mailed to the address you indicate on the sign in sheet, or to the address on your summons and you should receive it within four weeks of your service.

Postponements

The Court realizes prospective jurors may have been summoned at an inconvenient time and is willing to defer service to a more convenient time in most instances. If you are unable to report for jury duty on the date you were summoned, you may request ONE postponement.

Please call the Office of the Jury Commissioner at 602.372.JURY (602.372.5879) or on the Internet through the Jury Services website. If you appear but are not selected, your term of service will conclude and you will not be summoned again by this Court for at least 18 months.

Upon arrival at the court prospective jurors will be directed to a jury assembly room for processing. Although we attempt to make jury service as convenient and efficient as possible, jurors should be advised that there can be extended waiting periods. Please feel free to bring a book, magazine, laptop computer, or something else to occupy your time quietly.

Location

Location

There are several court buildings in the vicinity which can be confusing for our visitors. Hopefully, the directions below will help you locate the Surprise City Court. Please call us at 623.222.4800 if you have trouble finding the City Court.

The Surprise City Court is located at the far west end of the Public Safety Building, at the corner of Paradise Lane and Civic Center Plaza.

Our Address, Contact Info & Hours

Court Address:

16081 N. Civic Center Plaza, Suite 105
Surprise, AZ 85374
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Court Hours:
Monday - Friday 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.

Directions from Litchfield Road:

  • From Litchfield Road, turn West on Statler Blvd. (Statler Blvd. is located between Bell Road and Greenway Road)
  • Proceed until the first Stop sign. Turn North onto Paradise Lane.
  • Proceed around the bend until you reach Civic Center Plaza.

View online map and directions

Court Security

The Surprise City Court has full-time security personnel who are stationed at the main entrance to the court. Everyone who visits the court must pass through a metal detector. In addition, your personal belongings may be subject to search. The following is a list of items that are not allowed into the courthouse under any circumstances:

  • Weapons. This includes, but is not limited to, guns (with or without a concealed weapons permit), knives (including Swiss Army and Leatherman tools), chains, mace, and batons. The Court's definition of weapons also includes items that could be used as weapons. These include, but are not limited to, various tools, kitchen utensils, and metal files.
Please note this list is not exhaustive and security has full discretion when deciding what may or may not be brought into the courthouse.

ADA Accommodations

If you require special ADA accommodations inside the Court building, please call 623-222-4800 (TTY 623.222.4802) at least three (3) days prior to Court appearance.

Court Etiquette

The mission of the Surprise City Court is to provide excellent customer service. In return the Court expects all visitors to respect the Court and its staff. Here are some important tips you should know before visiting the Court:

  • It is important that visitors understand the appropriate dress code for the Court. The Court is a place of business and visitors should wear clean, fitted clothes. Shirt and shoes are required. Please remove your hat before entering any courtroom.
  • All pagers, cell phones, and personal alarms should be turned off prior to entering a courtroom.
  • It is also important to know that ALL weapons are strictly prohibited from the building. Do not attempt to bring in any prohibited items. The Court will not hold any prohibited items in the lobby for pick-up. Leave these items at home.
  • People entering the courthouse must pass through a metal detector and may be subject to search. Purses, briefcases, or other containers will also be subject to search. Weapons, including but not limited to, pocketknives, tools, mace, or other personal protection devices are strictly prohibited inside the court facility.
Court Forms

Court Forms & Guides

Traffic

Compliance

Language Access Plan
Surprise City Court is committed to responding to the language needs of non-English speaking litigants, witnesses, and victims. Our Language Access Plan explains the manner in which we conduct this important aspect of our operations as required by Arizona State Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2011 - 96.

Language Access Plan: English 

Limited English (LEP) Complaint Form: English | Spanish

Public Records

Public Records

Surprise City Court records are available to the public. Record requests will be accepted at the Court in person, by mail, or by facsimile. You may fax your request to 623.222.4801, Attention Records. Telephone requests will not be accepted and responses will not be returned by facsimile.

Pursuant to Rule 29, Rules of the Supreme Court, and the Supreme Court Records Retention and Disposition Schedule, records for criminal offenses more than five (5) years after final adjudication and completion of sentence are not available. Records for DUI and domestic violence offenses more than seven (7) years after final adjudication and completion of sentence are not available. Records for civil traffic offenses more than one (1) year after final adjudication and satisfaction of fines are not available.

Public Records Fees

Upon receipt of a request for court records, the Surprise City Court will assess the following fees:

Clerk/Research Fees

Any and all requests to complete a name search in order to obtain case information will be subject to a Research Request Fee (A.R.S. 22-404). A research request fee may include up to three (3) names per request or three (3) cases per name. The fee for the Research Request is $17 plus a 50-cent per page fee if copies are requested on a case. There is an additional $17 Clerk Fee per request. Additional fee(s) will be assessed for certification of case information and digital records. Fees will not be waived.

Copy Fees

All copy requests are subject to a 50-cent per page fee (A.R.S. 12-115). This is addition to all other fees.

Digital Records

A request may be made for a copy of matters that have been digitally recorded. All copies are made on compact disks. A $17 record duplication fee will be assessed per copy. This is addition to all other fees.

Certification

A request may be made for a certification of case information. The cost for certification of case information is $17 per certification in addition to all other fees.

Forms of Payment

Payment may be made in the form of money order, bank certified check, Visa or MasterCard. No personal checks will be accepted for these services. Payment is due in full at time of filing request.

Protective Orders

Orders of Protection

Any court in the State of Arizona can issue Protection Orders. The purpose of a Protection Order is to restrain a person from committing an act of harassment or domestic violence. These types of cases are given high priority. After regular Court business hours, and during weekends and holidays, any police officer can assist you in obtaining an emergency order of protection. It is best to obtain a protection order from the court in your community; however, if the situation involves minor children common to the adult parties, please contact Maricopa County Superior Court.

The Court will provide you with the proper forms to file a petition for a protection order. Please come prepared to provide sworn testimony to support your petition. Have specific dates, time, and places for events, which you feel constitute the issuance of the protection order. There is no Court Fee for filing a petition for a protection order. If the protection order is granted, it must be served within one year and is valid for one year after service of the original Order. Violation of the Order may result in arrest and prosecution. Violations are prosecuted in the jurisdiction where the violation occurred, under A.R.S. 13-2810, Interference with Judicial Proceedings, a Class 1 Misdemeanor.

Protective order petitions must be completed and filed by 4:30 pm to be processed by 5:00 pm.

Orders of Protection A.R.S. 13-3601 (A)

When seeking relief from harassment or domestic violence, the relationship test determines if you need an Order of Protection or Injunction Against Harassment. To obtain an Order of Protection, the abusive party (the defendant) MUST be one of the following:

  1. The relationship between the victim and the defendant is one of marriage or former marriage or of persons residing or having resided in the same household.
  2. The victim and the defendant have a child in common.
  3. The victim or the defendant is pregnant by the other party.
  4. The victim is related to the defendant, or the defendant’s spouse by blood or court order as a parent, grandparent, child, grandchild, brother or sister or by marriage as a parent-in-law, grandparent-in-law, stepparent, step-grandparent, stepchild, step-grandchild, brother-in-law or sister-in-law.
  5. The victim is a child who resides or has resided in the same household as the defendant and is related by blood to a former spouse of the defendant or to a person who resides or who has resided in the same household as the defendant.

An Order of Protection will not be ordered if the petition reveals that an action for maternity, paternity, annulment, and dissolution of marriage or legal separation is pending. If, after issuance of an Order, the Court determines that a domestic relations action is pending, all documents relating to the Order will be transferred to the Superior Court.

Injunctions Against Harassment A.R.S. 12-1809

An Injunction Against Harassment is similar procedurally to the Order of Protection but is governed by a different statute and is different in scope. An Injunction is not limited to domestic violence cases. An Injunction often is sought in connection with disputes between neighbors or landlords and tenants.

Unlike Orders of Protection, there is no “relationship test” for issuance of an Injunction. Therefore, the Injunction is frequently used as a protection mechanism for persons not eligible for an Order of Protection, such as unrelated persons.

FAQs

Victims Rights

Learn About the Victim Services Program

If you are a victim

If you are the victim of a crime with a case pending before this court, you are advised that you have rights to justice and due process under Arizona law that, among others, include

  • the right to be treated with fairness, respect and dignity,
  • to a speedy trial and a prompt and final conclusion of the case,
  • to be present at court proceedings,
  • to choose whether or not to be interviewed by the defendant or the defendant’s attorney,
  • to be heard before the court makes a decision on release, negotiation of a plea, scheduling and sentencing and
  • to receive restitution from a person who is convicted of causing your loss.

If you have not already been provided with a written statement of all victims’ rights, please contact the victim advocate in the prosecutor’s office at (623) 222-1177. 

Aviso De Derechos De Victima

Si Usted es la víctima de un crimen con un caso pendiente ante este tribunal, por la  presente se le informa que Usted tiene determinados derechos de acuerdo a las leyes de Arizona, que incluyen, entre otros:

  • el derecho al trato justo, respetuoso y con dignidad,
  • a un juicio rápido y conclusión pronto y final del caso,
  • de estar presente a los procedimientos judiciales,
  • el derecho de elegir o no ser entrevistado por el demandado ó el abogado del acusado,
  • a ser escuchado antes de que el tribunal tome una decisión sobre liberación, la negociación de un convenio declarativo, la programación de las diligencias judiciales y la imposición de la pena
  • de recibir compensación por parte del responsable de los daños y perjuicios sufridos por Ud. y ocasionados por el delito.

Si usted no ha sido proporcionado con una declaración por escrito de todos los derechos de víctima,  por favor comuníquese con defensor de victimas al (623) 222-1177.

FAQs

FAQs

Helpful questions and answers related to court dates, jury duty, changes of address, warrants, license suspensions and more are listed below. Contact us if you don't find the answer to your question below.

When is my court date?

The initial court date and time that you must appear is written on the bottom of your citation. Please note, for parking citations the initial court date and time that you must appear is written on the top right hand side of the citation. If you are unsure, you may call the Surprise City Court at 623 222.4800 or download the court calendar.

What if I cannot appear on my court date?

If you have been cited for a civil traffic violation, you may pay your fine through the mail or over the phone with a credit card prior to your court date.

If you have been cited for a criminal violation, you may file for an extension. Court date extensions must be requested in writing prior to your court date. Extensions are not automatically granted. If good cause cannot be shown, the extension will not be granted and you will have to appear on your original court date.

When can I see a Judge?

Judges are available Monday through Friday between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding the lunch hour. It is not always necessary to see a Judge. Surprise City Court staff can answer many questions but they are not allowed to give legal advice, only general information as it pertains to your case.

What should I do if a warrant has been issued for my arrest?

You must appear before a judge at which time you may be required to pay a bail/bond before the warrant can be quashed. Warrants can be quashed Monday through Friday at the Surprise City Court between 8 a.m. – 5 p.m., excluding the lunch hour.

Do I have to report a change of address?

Yes. If you have any pending cases with the Surprise City Court, it is your responsibility to keep your address current. If you fail to provide the Court with the appropriate contact information, you may not receive proper notification regarding your case in the future. This could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, or a default judgment entered against you. Contact us to report a change of address.

What is the difference between the Surprise City Court and the Superior Court in Surprise?

There are various courts in the City of Surprise. The address of the court in which you are to appear is written at the bottom of your citation. The Surprise City Court is located at 16081 N. Civic Center Plaza 623.222.4800, and handles cases ranging from minor traffic violations to Class I, II, and III misdemeanors, as well as Protection Orders.

Superior Court: The Northwest Regional Superior Court is located at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise 602.372.9400 and handles civil and contract disputes, small claims, marriage licenses, some landlord/tenant matters, Protection Orders, family court, and probate matters.

Justice of the Peace Courts: The Northwest Regional Court Center is comprised of four justice courts -- Hassayampa, Lake Pleasant, Manistee, and North Valley Justice Courts. The courts are located at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise 602.372.2000. The justice courts hear traffic cases and certain criminal and civil cases, including domestic violence and harassment cases. They can issue search warrants. Their civil jurisdiction is limited to cases involving claims less than $10,000.

Can you tell me if my license has been suspended?

If you want to know about your MVD record, you must contact the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles at 602.255.0072.

If I have to pay a fine, when do I need to pay it?

All fines/penalties are due on the date they are imposed. If you are unable to pay in full, you may apply for a payment contract and you may be subject to a credit check to determine your ability to pay. If you are granted a payment contract, a one-time fee of $20 will be added to your total fine pursuant to A.R.S. 12-116.

What happens if I do not pay?

If you do not pay your financial obligation to the Court, notification may be sent to MVD to place a suspension on your driving privileges (if you are not licensed in Arizona, it may extend to the state in which you are licensed), a hold may be placed on your vehicle registration that will not allow you to renew it, you may be referred to a collection agency (resulting in additional fees), or a warrant may be issued for your arrest.

Online payment options are now available for cases referred to a collections agency under the FARE Enforcement Program. Click here to make a FARE payment online.

Can I file for divorce at the Surprise City Court?

No. If you have any questions regarding a divorce, please contact Maricopa County Superior Court at 602.506.3676.

Can I get a marriage license at the Surprise City Court?

No. If you have any questions regarding a marriage license, please call Maricopa County Superior Court at 602.506.3676.
Teen Court

Teen Court

What is Teen Court?

Teen Court is part of the Maricopa County Diversion Program. We are a restorative justice program. This means we are not trying to punish the defendant. Instead, we: increase their awareness of the consequences and effects of their actions; assign consequences to ensure they won’t repeat this offense; and restore what was taken from the victim as well as the community.

The Teen Court experience works because cases are heard before a “jury of their peers.” Teens are more likely to ask and have answered the tough questions as to why a crime was committed. All teen volunteers are trained in how to participate in the court hearing so that sufficient information is gathered to assign appropriate consequences. The referral for the violation can come from the school administration, Juvenile Court, or Limited Jurisdiction Court. The Teen Court does not determine “guilt” in these matters because admission of responsibility is one of the criteria for a Teen Court referral. Teen Court hears the matter and determines an appropriate, constructive consequence using established guidelines and a process called restorative justice. Teen Court hearings take place in a courtroom with a judge and attorneys or as a peer jury. There are two communities of students influenced by Teen Court: the juvenile offenders and the students who participate in Teen Court clubs through their school or community-based organization. For the offender, they get a second chance and potentially a clean record. For the teen volunteers, their positive behavior is reinforced through participation in Teen Court.

  • Teen Court hears real juvenile cases (offenses such as shoplifting, theft, simple assault, curfew, trespassing, and possession of alcohol/tobacco).
  • The volunteers listen to testimony and deliberate like an adult jury and decide what consequences a defendant should receive.
  • Consequences include community service, essays, educational classes, letters of apology, research projects, jury service and other creative ideas.

Teen Court Calendar

Location:
Surprise City Court
16081 N Civic Center Plaza Suite 105
Surprise AZ
Time:
2:15PM to 5:00PM
Dates:
9/25/2013 (4th Wednesday)
10/03/2013
11/07/2013
12/5/2013
Winter Break
2/6/2014
3/6/2014
4/3/2014

Why is Teen Court Important?

Most teen defendants who appear in Teen Court are good kids who have made a poor choice. For a defendant to be eligible to participate in Teen Court it must be a lesser offense, they must admit to the crime and volunteer to have their case heard by a peer jury. They must also tell the truth. In exchange for their cooperation and the truth, they are given another chance not to be adjudicated for the crime.

How Can Adults Support Teen Court?

  • Adult Volunteers help with the jury orientation. These volunteers must obtain fingerprint identification and criminal background checks through the Maricopa County Probation Department.
  • Attorneys help our teen attorneys prepare their cases
  • Judges incorporate Teen Court into their court schedules and sometimes join in the proceedings.
  • Probation Officers are responsible for the juveniles assigned to Teen Court. They oversee all court proceedings and follow-up with the defendants to ensure their consequences are completed.

Get Started as a Volunteer

Volunteers are not required to attend a training prior to participation. We give a brief orientation before each court to allow first-time volunteers the opportunity to learn the procedures. We strongly recommend these trainings for anyone wishing to participate in a scripted role. Training is required for anyone wishing to be an attorney.

For more information, or to get started, contact:

Patti Snee
Juvenile Probation Officer
Early Intervention Division
3125 W. Durango St
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602)361-7306

OR

Melissa Ohman
Juvenile Probation Officer Supervisor
Early Intervention Division
3125 W. Durango St
Phoenix, AZ 85009
(602)506-4279

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