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/

04/08/2020

PRESS R E L E A S E


SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 7, 2020

ESSENTIAL SERVICES
As the COVID-19 health crisis continues to evolve, the Courts in Yavapai County remain open while keeping the safety and well-being of court staff, judicial officers, attorneys and members of the public a top priority. Pursuant to Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 2020-60, the Courts continue to operate as necessary to serve the public, while encouraging telephonic or video appearances and liberally granting continuances. Therefore, the Yavapai County Superior Court has deemed it appropriate to move to an Essential Services model and allow for a reduction in the workforce at our Superior Courthouses beginning Wednesday, April 8, 2020.

The Essential Services model will provide for one judge to hear criminal cases and one judge to hear non-criminal cases at the Prescott and Camp Verde Superior Courthouses every weekday through May 1, 2020. This limited schedule will permit judicial and court staff to work from home at least two days per week while ensuring the Superior Court remains open to continue to provide essential court services to the public. Additionally, this will reduce the number of court employees who report to work in-person on any given day, thus reducing the risk of exposure to potential illness.

The Superior Court will post the locations of each hearing type within the Prescott and Camp Verde buildings. To the extent possible, you may receive a notice that your hearing date has been changed or that your scheduled hearing may take place before a different judge. If you are scheduled for any court proceeding during the month of April, you may contact the office of the judge assigned to your case to determine the status, call-in when scheduled or if you have been told to report in person look for signs within the Superior Court buildings to direct you to the courtroom where your hearing will be conducted.

For additional information regarding COVID-19, please visit the Arizona Department of Health Services website at www.azhealth.gov/COVID19. You may also visit the Yavapai County Health Services website at www.yavapai.us/chs or page for updates regarding other health related matters.

04/01/2020

P R E S S R E L E A S E

SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY
Hon. Celé Hancock
Presiding Domestic Relations Judge

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
April 1, 2020

FAMILY LAW MATTERS IN YAVAPAI COUNTY
While the Courts remain open to address family law cases, the Domestic Relations Judges of the Yavapai County Superior urge parties of family law cases to be a part of the solution. We recognize that school closures, economic issues, federal stimulus checks and fear have placed an increased strain on an already difficult situation. Even during this difficult time, longstanding principles of communication and kindness to one another are the best tools everyone has to solve disputes. We urge everyone to keep their children’s best interest in mind as you communicate with each other regarding the problems you are all experiencing. Any agreements reached can be temporary to get through this health emergency or permanent. The Judges remain available to consider those agreements which can be electronically filed through the email addresses set forth at the end of this announcement. If you are unable to obtain an agreement on part or all the disputes you may have, the following information is intended to help you navigate the family law court process at this time.
Consistent with the Administrative Orders of the Arizona Supreme Court and the Yavapai County Superior Court, the Family Law Judges of the Yavapai Superior Court continue to put forth best efforts to meet the needs of the community we serve while also being mindful of issues and recommendations relating to the COVID-19 concerns.
Effective April 1, 2020, the following summarizes the present policies and procedures of the Family Law Divisions of the Yavapai County Superior Court:
All court proceedings scheduled before a judicial officer shall proceed as directed by the assigned judicial officer. When possible, in-court proceedings are being replaced with telephonic proceedings. If you are experiencing symptoms of illness or have been in contact with someone experiencing these symptoms, do NOT come to the courthouse. Contact your assigned division and alternate arrangements will be made.
ESSENTIAL HEARINGS
Orders of Protection, Injunctions Against Harassment, Injunctions Against Workplace Harassment, Expedited and Emergency Petitions for Temporary Orders and the hearings that follow are essential and will continue to be conducted. The assigned judicial officer will determine whether these hearings will take place in person or telephonically. If you have concerns regarding COVID-19, please call the assigned division immediately to express your concerns or file an appropriate motion with the Clerk of the Superior Court.
We understand that families are under enormous pressure during this time. We ask that you make every effort to follow your current parenting plan to the best of your ability. If you have not been following the last parenting plan in your case and are having issues or disputes regarding parenting time, please keep in mind that most parenting plans require you to follow the original parenting plan until further order of the Court.
Please be kind to each other and your children. The stress of being at home all day with children and the possibility or reality of a reduction in employment may cause uncommon stress on everyone. Arizona law requires that you wait at least one year prior to returning to Court to modify your parenting plan unless certain factors exist pursuant to A.R.S. §25-411. The Courts remain open to assist if necessary, but we urge you to first attempt to work out the issues yourselves. The best way to resolve conflict is to compromise while keeping your child or children’s best interest in mind.

PARENT EDUCATION PROGRAM
The Parent Education Program is limited to an on-line class only through April 30, 2020. The Alternative Dispute Resolution Department (ADR) will be reaching out to parties to inform them of this change and how to access the online class. If the Court does not have a current email or phone number, the parent’s notice of the change to on-line parent education program will be mailed. If you are an attorney, please assist your client in updating their contact information with the Clerk of the Court including a current phone number and an e-mail address.
MEDIATION
Mediation and all other conciliation services may be conducted telephonically. These matters are being addressed on a case by case basis. The ADR Department is contacting parties directly if there is a change in how your case will be conducted. If you have a concern about appearing in person for a scheduled mediation, please contact the ADR Department at 928-777-3066.
RESOLUTION MANAGEMENT/STATUS/RETURN HEARINGS
Resolution Management Conferences, Status Conferences and Return Hearings will be conducted telephonically. If an agreement is reached the judicial officer will enter the agreement on the record in accordance with Rule 69, ARFLP. If documents are required to be filed pursuant to the agreement, the parties should exchange documents electronically until finalized and approved. One party should electronically file it with the Clerk at the email address provided below. The Court may also swear the parties in, reduce the agreement to writing and sign the agreement, making it a permanent order of the Court. If no agreement or only a partial agreement is reached, the remaining issues shall be set for further proceeding.
CHILD SUPPORT HEARINGS
Child support hearings will be conducted telephonically, unless otherwise ordered by the Court. Child Support Enforcement proceedings may be held in person or telephonically. The assigned judicial officer will decide these on a case by case basis and will advise the litigants by telephone and/or email.
If you have any questions or concerns about an upcoming court appearance, contact the assigned Division directly.
Division 4 – The Honorable Krista M. Carman - 928-771-3303
Division 5 – The Honorable Celé Hancock - 928-771-3307
Division FLC – The Honorable Joseph P. Goldstein - 928-771-3480
Division PTA – The Honorable Debra R. Phelan - 928-567-7722
To electronically file documents with the Clerk of the Court, you may use the following email addresses; however, if there is a filing fee required the document will not be accepted for filing until the filing fee has been paid or the Court issues an Order Deferring or Waiving Fees.
Cases assigned to the Verde Valley Judicial District:
[email protected]
Cases assigned to the Prescott Judicial District:
[email protected]
Juvenile cases including Juvenile Delinquency (JV), Juvenile Dependency (JD) and Severance of Parental Rights (SV):
[email protected]
THE FORMS FOR A DEFERRAL OR WAIVER OF COURT FEES CAN BE LOCATED ON LINE AT THE FOLLOWING CLERK OF COURT WEBSITE:
http://courts.yavapai.us/selfservicecenter/

PRESS  R E L E A S ESUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTYFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 25, 2020THE COURTS REMAIN OPENOn March 23...
03/25/2020
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SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 25, 2020

THE COURTS REMAIN OPEN
On March 23, 2020 Governor Douglas A. Ducey issued Executive Order 2020-12 Prohibiting the Closure of Essential Services (https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders) which establishes the Arizona Courts as Essential Government Functions. Therefore, to promote the safety and welfare of the public, court staff and our justice partners, the Superior and Justice Courts in Yavapai County remain open to the community.

The Supreme Court issued Administrative Order 2020-48 (http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/22/admorder/Orders20/2020-48.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-160342-583), which authorizes all Presiding Superior Court Judges in Arizona to establish, adopt or suspend court rules and orders needed to address the COVID-19 health emergency while continuing to perform the essential court functions necessary to meet the needs of the public. The Courts in Yavapai County continue to work closely with the Yavapai County Community Health Services Department as developments progress with COVID-19. Court proceedings continue to be conducted in a manner that provides for the safety of the participants and court personnel and promotes social distancing as recommended by the CDC.

In order to continue court operations, the Presiding Judge of Yavapai County David L. Mackey issued Administrative Order 2020-06 (http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/2/AdminOrders/2020/2020-06.pdf), which establishes procedures that allow the Courts to continue daily operations while following the recommendations of health officials to the extent possible and as permitted by law. The Order provides for citizens appearing telephonically for many types of court hearings, reducing the number of people appearing before a judge when hearings must be in-person, providing for the electronic filing of court paperwork and giving instructions for making court-related payments without going to the courthouses.

Though jury trials and Grand Jury empanelment have been suspended through April 17, 2020, the Courts continue to be open and continue to conduct hearings in criminal cases. Defendants in the custody of the Yavapai County Jail are being liberally granted permission to appear for court proceedings either telephonically or by video.

While the doors remain open in the Superior and Justice Courts, some Municipal and Magistrate Courts located within city buildings have been closed to daily walk-in traffic but can be contacted by phone or email. Citizens seeking to obtain Protective Orders or other emergency relief in the areas impacted by city closures are urged to contact their local Court for further instruction or appear at one of our County Court buildings to request emergency orders.

Resources:
Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order 2020-48
http://www.azcourts.gov/Portals/22/admorder/Orders20/2020-48.pdf?ver=2020-03-18-160342-583

Yavapai County Superior Court Administrative Order 2020-06
http://courts.yavapai.us/Portals/2/AdminOrders/2020/2020-06.pdf

Arizona Governor Douglas A. Ducey’s Executive Order 2020-12
https://azgovernor.gov/executive-orders

Executive Orders from the Office of the Governor

03/20/2020

PRESS R E L E A S E


SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 20, 2020

COVID-19
**UPDATE**

Pursuant to Arizona Supreme Court’s Administrative Order 2020-48, all jury trials scheduled in Superior, Justice and Municipal Courts in Yavapai County have been suspended through April 17, 2020. Any prospective jurors who have been summonsed for jury duty or Grand Jury empanelment with a report date on or before April 17, 2020 do not need to appear on the date and time indicated on their summons. If you have received a summons for that time period, please contact the Jury Office at 928-777-3022 (Prescott) or 928-554-8938 (Verde) to confirm you do not have to appear.

PRESS  R E L E A S E SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTYFOR IMMEDIATE RELEASEMarch 16, 2020COVID-19We are working closely w...
03/16/2020
Welcome to Yavapai County Courts' Official Website

PRESS R E L E A S E


SUPERIOR COURT IN YAVAPAI COUNTY

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 16, 2020

COVID-19

We are working closely with State and County Officials to monitor the evolving information regarding COVID-19. Although there are currently no confirmed cases in Yavapai County, the Superior Court in Yavapai County is endeavoring to respond reasonably to the concerns raised in the community regarding COVID-19 (Coronavirus) and keep our Courts open. Based upon the information provided by the CDC and recommendations by the Yavapai County Community Health Services Department, we are making efforts to implement proactive precautionary measures to reduce social interactions. While the Courts remain open to the public, we urge those who do not have business at the courthouse to minimize their presence at our court facilities.

If you need to file paperwork at the courthouse, we encourage you to utilize the exterior depository boxes (available at all three Superior Court locations) or send documents for filing along with any required filing fee by means of U.S. mail. You may also make court-related payments either online at http://courts.yavapai.us/, or in-person at any PayNearMe kiosk, the locations of which can be found at https://home.paynearme.com/merchant-locations/. Our Judges have been asked to waive on a case by case basis slight delays in filing due to mailing.

If you have hearings scheduled in our Courts, the Superior Court bench is open to liberally utilizing telephonic and video-conference appearances when requested and as permissible by court rules. We would ask members of the community who are symptomatic or feeling ill to stay home. If you are ill and have an upcoming court proceeding, we encourage you to contact the assigned Court to request to appear telephonically or have your matter continued. If you appear for a court proceeding and are exhibiting symptoms, the judge may ask you to leave.

For anyone who is not a party in a case but wishes to attend court in support of a friend or family member, we are politely asking that you reconsider unless your attendance is essential. If you are symptomatic you may be asked to leave.

At this time, any individual who has been summonsed for jury duty and is ill or symptomatic or has family members who are ill or symptomatic may have their jury duty postponed to avoid the risk of exposure to illness. We ask that you contact the Jury Office at 928-777-3022 (Prescott) or 928-554-8938 (Verde) to request your jury service be rescheduled. We are working with our Judges to follow the latest recommendation of the CDC that suggests we not gather in groups of more than 50 people, so your summons time may change to accommodate that recommendation. Please call the number on your jury summons before heading to the Court as your time to report may change. We are hopeful that citizens who are healthy and able to serve as a juror will continue to uphold their responsibility to report for jury duty.

To assist in the process of containing the spread of COVID-19, court employees are being urged to maintain a clean work environment and following healthy practices as recommended by health officials.

We will continue to monitor developments with COVID-19 and implement contingency plans as deemed appropriate. For more information regarding COVID-19, please visit www.azhealth.gov/COVID19. You may also visit the Yavapai County Health Services website at www.yavapai.us/chs or page for updates regarding other health related matters.

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120 S Cortez St
Prescott, AZ
86303

Parking in the Garage on Granite 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. For information about bus routes, contact Yavapai Regional Transit at (928) 458-5885

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Tuesday 08:00 - 17:00
Wednesday 08:00 - 17:00
Thursday 08:00 - 17:00
Friday 08:00 - 17:00

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(928) 771-3483

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