Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County Superior Court in Yavapai County is the trial court of general jurisdiction for the State of Arizona. Case Calendar: http://apps.yavapai.us/courtcalendar/
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People who have a chance to visit our historic courtroom are always fascinated by the wire racks underneath our chairs. ...
08/16/2019

People who have a chance to visit our historic courtroom are always fascinated by the wire racks underneath our chairs. These racks served as a place for gentlemen to stow their hats while in court. Contrary to popular belief the racks weren't intended for the cowboy hat we normally associate with Arizona, the popular hat of a century ago was more like the derby hat pictured here.

Want to check it out yourself? The Division One Courtroom holds many sessions open to the public and even when our Presiding Judge is busy with the administrative details that keep Superior Court in Yavapai County functioning, you can often find friendly court staff to let you in to take a peek.
Special thanks to Bailiff Ryan Closson for use of his hat!

07/26/2019

**Friday Fun Factoid**

In our original historic courtroom, a grand curved bench divides the area between spectators and court participants. This divider is called the bar. Perhaps that's why you must pass the bar (exam) as an attorney before you can pass the physical bar from spectator to court actor.

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County
07/26/2019

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County
07/26/2019

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County

Yavapai County
07/16/2019

Yavapai County

Yavapai County Board of Supervisors to Discuss Tax Increase

On Wednesday July 17, 2019, the Yavapai County Board of Supervisors, during their regular meeting, will hold a courtesy Truth in Taxation Hearing to discuss with the public their plan to increase its primary property taxes over last year’s level. Many people have asked what does this mean to the average homeowner and is this increase really going to raise my total property tax by 18%? Let me answer the second question first, No. Yavapai County will not be increasing your property tax, as a whole, by 18%.

It is important to understand a few things about your property taxes. First, the total amount you pay in property taxes does not go to Yavapai County. Yavapai County Primary Property Tax is only about 17% of the total property taxes you pay each year. Second, everyone’s property taxes are different based on their properties assessed value and based on what other taxing authorities exist where the property is owned.

Here is an example of what this all means using a homeowner whose primary residence has a Limited Property Value (LPV) of approximately $100,000 ($100,076):
See Attached Image.

As you can see from this 2018 Property Tax Statement this property has a Limited Primary Total or Limited Property Value, of $100,076. Their total tax due was $1,042.70. The amount that went to Yavapai County’s Primary Property Tax, the first line in the itemized section, is $175.32 or 17% of the total.

The owner of this property has a home they could sell, according to Zillow, for $220,000 but their Limited Property Value, the amount they are taxed on, is only $100,076. This property will see an increase in their Yavapai County Primary Property Tax of approximately $31 per year if the Board of Supervisors approve the increase on August 5, 2019.

Is your TOTAL property tax (in this example $1042.70) going up by 18%? NO.

**Friday Fun Factoid**Today’s fun fact is all about the Courthouse boiler! These pictures are of the original boiler, ...
07/13/2019

**Friday Fun Factoid**

Today’s fun fact is all about the Courthouse boiler!

These pictures are of the original boiler, which is still located in the basement of the Prescott Courthouse. It was coal fired and used steam to heat the entire courthouse. Years later it was converted to burn fuel oil. The patent on this beauty was May 9, 1905!

We would like to wish everyone a safe & happy Independence Day 🇺🇸
07/03/2019

We would like to wish everyone a safe & happy Independence Day 🇺🇸

***Friday’s Fun Factoid***This beautiful inmate elevator car is on display in our Historic Exhibit Area located on the...
06/28/2019

***Friday’s Fun Factoid***

This beautiful inmate elevator car is on display in our Historic Exhibit Area located on the 1st floor of the Prescott Courthouse. This elevator car was used up until the 1970’s for inmate transport between the sally port on the 1st floor and the jail on the 4th floor.

**Bonus fun folklore: Legend has it that during times of staff shortages, inmates were placed in the car and stopped in between floors if no one was available to monitor them. This would’ve allowed staff to utilize the restroom and/or leave the area for short periods of time without worrying about a potential escape.

** Friday Fun Factoid** Happy Flag Day!Our courthouse is filled with historic pictures of this building and its predeces...
06/14/2019

** Friday Fun Factoid**
Happy Flag Day!
Our courthouse is filled with historic pictures of this building and its predecessors. This photo of the old courthouse set up for a Republican party in 1890 certainly has the flag day spirit.

But if you look closely you'll notice that not all the flags have the same number of stars. This is because our country was growing by leaps and bounds. In 1876 there were 38 states, 4 more joined in 1889, and 2 more in 1890! It must have been hard to keep up, but it sure does show some patriotic flair.

Yavapai County
06/11/2019

Yavapai County

On June 10, 2019, the Yavapai County Facilities Department installed the informational plaque adjacent to the Yavapai County Superior Courthouse Plaza Lady Ermintrude fountain. If you haven't had a chance to see the fountain in person get down to the Courthouse Plaza and see it for yourself today.

**Friday Fun Factoid** On the South side of the Courthouse, you will see the face of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln...
06/07/2019

**Friday Fun Factoid**

On the South side of the Courthouse, you will see the face of our 16th President, Abraham Lincoln, near the top of the building. He is just one of the beautiful carvings on the exterior of the courthouse. He is memorialized on our building, as he created the Territory of Arizona and established Prescott as the capital during his presidency in 1864. The capital was then moved to Tucson for a short time (from 1867-1877) before returning to Prescott at the end of 1877. Prescott remained the capital of the Arizona Territory until 1889 when it was moved to Phoenix.

**Friday Fun Factoid**This anti-dynamite safe had quite the journey to make it to our historic courthouse. It was transp...
05/31/2019

**Friday Fun Factoid**
This anti-dynamite safe had quite the journey to make it to our historic courthouse. It was transported by ship from New York around Cape Horn to San Francisco then transported by train and wagon to Prescott.
The safe was used by the Yavapai County Treasurer and then the Sheriff's Office until it was retired from active duty.

You can find this and other historical artifacts on display next to the self service center and law library. The safe is on loan courtesy of Yavapai County Sheriff Scott Mascher.

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to share with you the beautiful war memorials that grace...
05/24/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**

As Memorial Day approaches, we wanted to share with you the beautiful war memorials that grace the Courthouse Plaza. We honor those who have given the ultimate sacrifice for our freedom every day and especially on Memorial Day. Have a safe & happy Memorial Day!

**Fridays Fun Factoid**The fourth floor of the Prescott Courthouse not only housed the inmates, it also housed jurors (m...
05/17/2019

**Fridays Fun Factoid**
The fourth floor of the Prescott Courthouse not only housed the inmates, it also housed jurors (male only). The Jury Dormitory was located on the North end of the fourth floor. A dormitory was necessary due to the length of travel a juror would have to make on horseback to the courthouse (say from Seligman or Ashfork) for a trial. Another related fun fact, women began serving jury duty here in Yavapai County in 1945!

We love our Lady Ermintrude❣️
05/14/2019

We love our Lady Ermintrude❣️

Yavapai County Wins National Award for Lady Ermintrude

The National Association of Counties (NACo) has awarded Yavapai County with a National Achievements Award in the category of Arts, Culture and Historic Preservation for the restoration of the Historic Yavapai County Courthouse Plaza “Lady Ermintrude” Fountain. The award honors innovative, effective county government programs that strengthen services for residents.

In 1910, an elegant fountain dubbed “Lady Ermintrude” was installed and graced the Courthouse Plaza for more than 60 years before falling into disrepair. In 1976, it was dismantled and placed in storage at a museum in Prescott.

In 2016, as the Centennial of the laying of the cornerstone was approaching, County officials discovered the surviving Courthouse fountain components and a restoration project began. A foundry in Alabama that had the original statue pattern was commissioned and the missing and broken pieces were recast. Yavapai County Facilities Department workers restored the basin to reflect its original 1910 style and the fountain was then reinstalled. A rededication ceremony was held on June 29, 2018, and “Lady Ermintrude” was unveiled to stand as a testament to the history of the Courthouse for generations to come.

The Yavapai County Courthouse commemorated its Centennial on October 15, 2016. As the original state capital of Arizona following statehood on February 14, 1912, the Courthouse was honored by being listed on the National Register of Historic Places in 1977 and recognized as one of the Great Places in America: Public Spaces by the American Planning Association in 2008.

NACo President Greg Cox said, “Counties implement innovative programs that enhance residents’ quality of life every day. This year’s Achievement Award-winning programs demonstrate how counties build healthy, safe and vibrant communities across America.” Started in 1970, NACo’s annual Achievement Awards program is designed to recognize county government innovations. NACo will recognize Yavapai County at its 2019 Annual Conference and Exposition, July 12-15 in Clark County, Nevada.

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**Have you ever noticed the twin “chimneys” on the east side of the courthouse roof. Have yo...
05/10/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**

Have you ever noticed the twin “chimneys” on the east side of the courthouse roof. Have you ever wondered why you never see smoke coming out of them?

When the courthouse officially opened in 1918, the building was kept warm with a coal fired steam boiler vented through the chimney on the southeast. The second “chimney” on the northeast wasn’t a chimney at all. It was a vent for the attic. In fact, if you look closely at old photographs of the courthouse, you can see soot on one and metal louvers on the other. Sadly, both were removed in more modern times and the courthouse didn’t have any chimneys for many years.

However, in 2014 the county renovated the roof and as you can see from the photo below, the “chimneys” were put back in their original location along with a new metal roof. A welcome sight indeed.

Take a look next time you are on the plaza. Only, don’t expect to see any smoke.

**Friday’s Fun Factoid** Have you ever heard the bell on the south end of the courthouse ringing every hour? Have you ...
05/03/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**

Have you ever heard the bell on the south end of the courthouse ringing every hour? Have you ever wondered about its origins?

If you look on the top of the courthouse on the south end, you will see a grey bell in a small open-sided house. This is the original bell that was in the bell tower on the red-brick 1878 courthouse. It was cast that same year in Troy, New York and weighs 800 pounds. In fact, this bell is the oldest item still in use on the courthouse today and it has been ringing for 141 years.

Next time you are on the plaza, take a look and a listen.

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**Have you ever wondered why there are two U.S. flags on the pole on the courthouse plaza? Have ...
04/26/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**

Have you ever wondered why there are two U.S. flags on the pole on the courthouse plaza? Have you noticed one is slightly different than the other?

The Yavapai County Service Flag memorial below the flags honor all those in Yavapai County that served during World War II. The second flag has 48 stars in the field of blue to commemorate that Arizona was the 48th State during WWII.

Take a look next time you are on the plaza.

While downtown is gearing up (get it? Ha!) for this weekend, Superior Court is open for regular business hours until 5 P...
04/26/2019

While downtown is gearing up (get it? Ha!) for this weekend, Superior Court is open for regular business hours until 5 PM. Our courts are open M-F 8-5 except national holidays. Today parking is limited and cyclists are abundant so make sure to keep an eye out on your way in! #prescott #whiskeyoffroad

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Yavapai County that will be created by the retire...
04/25/2019

Applications are being accepted for a vacancy on the Superior Court in Yavapai County that will be created by the retirement of Judge Patricia A. Trebesch on July 31, 2019.

The Office of the Governor will review applications and interview selected applicants for the vacancy, and Governor Doug Ducey will appoint the new judge pursuant to Article VI, Section 12 of the Arizona Constitution.

The judicial application form can be downloaded online at the Office of the Governor’s website: https://azgovernor.gov/judges.

Applicants must be at least 30 years of age and less than 65 years of age, of good moral character, admitted to the practice of law in Arizona, a resident of Arizona for the past five years, and a resident of Yavapai County for the past year pursuant to Article VI, Sections 22 and 37 of the Arizona Constitution.

A signed original application with all attachments, and a searchable .pdf version of the application and attachments must be submitted to Anni Foster, General Counsel, Office of Governor Doug Ducey, Executive Tower, 1700 W. Washington St., Phoenix, AZ 85007, by 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 24, 2019.

All interviews are open to the public. The interview date will be announced.

For more information or assistance, contact Governor Ducey's press office: (602) 542-1342.

**Friday’s Fun Factoid”This master clock is located on the 3rd floor of the Prescott Courthouse. It was originally t...
04/19/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid”

This master clock is located on the 3rd floor of the Prescott Courthouse. It was originally the master clock that ran all four exterior clocks utilizing a pneumatic system! This clock still works beautifully but the exterior clocks now use modern electronics for timekeeping.

04/13/2019

**Friday’s Fun Factoid**

Did you know the Prescott Courthouse has an exhibit area filled with historic information & artifacts? If you’re in the area, stop by and check it out! It’s open to the public during regular business hours and is located near the Law Library on the 1st floor.

P.S. we’d post a picture but want you to come experience it in person!

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo
04/05/2019

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo

***FRIDAY’S FUN FACTOID***Lady Ermintrude has returned! After a long winter’s nap, Ermintrude made her re-appearance...
04/05/2019

***FRIDAY’S FUN FACTOID***

Lady Ermintrude has returned! After a long winter’s nap, Ermintrude made her re-appearance on the Courthouse Plaza this week. Welcome back-you were missed!

***FRIDAY’S FUN FACTOID***Today’s fun factoid is about tunnels! We get asked quite often if there are underground tu...
03/29/2019

***FRIDAY’S FUN FACTOID***

Today’s fun factoid is about tunnels! We get asked quite often if there are underground tunnels that lead from the courthouse. These pictures depict the only mysterious tunnel that seems to end abruptly. The concrete wall seems to have been hastily constructed.

Did it go somewhere else??? Only history knows...

03/29/2019

Stay tuned for our new series called “Friday Fun Factoids”! These fun facts will be all about our historic courthouse here in Prescott! We hope you enjoy the interesting facts of this beautiful building as much as we do! Our first Friday Fun Factoid post will be coming your way shortly!

Yavapai County
03/26/2019

Yavapai County

The Yavapai County Facilities crew out early on Tuesday morning replacing the eagle that has been missing from the top of the flagpole located on the roof of the Courthouse.

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo
03/20/2019

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo

Please view this interview from our Centennial Celebration in October of 2016. It showcases our Presiding Judge David Ma...
03/20/2019
Prescott Pets on Parade!

Please view this interview from our Centennial Celebration in October of 2016. It showcases our Presiding Judge David Mackey and our Court Administrator Rolf Eckel! As Judge Mackey states in this presentation, our Courthouse is an open courthouse so feel free to come and visit during regular business hours!

**Although the link shows Pets on Parade, I promise it isn’t! Please click on the link to view the actual interview.

http://thisisprescott.com/courthouse-100-anniversary/

If you spend any amount of time at the Courthouse Plaza in downtown Prescott, Arizona, you’ll see a constant stream of “pets on parade.” It’s a very popular spot to enjoy the beautiful weather, park at the county courthouse, and walk your dog for exercise and socializing.

Having working court in a historic courthouse allows school tours a unique opportunity to see our judicial branch in act...
03/15/2019

Having working court in a historic courthouse allows school tours a unique opportunity to see our judicial branch in action and tour the history of Prescott. Pictured below, the Hon. John D. Napper speaking to the two newest "attorneys" at counsel tables. Pictured below that, Deputy Court Administrator Shelly Bacon welcomes students in our original courtroom.

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo
02/25/2019

Superior Court of Arizona in Yavapai County's cover photo

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120 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ
86303

Parking in the Garage on Granite in Prescott is free for everyone on all but certain holidays and special event periods throughout the year. It is located at 135 S. Granite St, Prescott, AZ 86303. Free parking is available in the parking lot at the Camp Verde and Juvenile Justice Center locations. For information about bus routes, contact Yavapai Regional Transit at (928) 458-5885.

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