Last updated: November 13, 2013
An outsider might imagine Tucson to be similar to Hollywood visions of the old west, but that couldn’t be more false. Pima County has always been a beacon of civilization and culture. We have beautiful architecture, quality schools, and festivals devoted to books, natural resources, arts, music, and even the diversity among Tucsonans. Consistent with our true culture, we have a court system that aims to protect everyone and which allows us all to thrive. FindLaw presents this guide to Tucson courts to help you make the most of your rights in Old Pueblo.
As with each of the other 49 states, Arizona has its own court system in addition to a federal judiciary. Each case begins in one of three trial court levels. If a party to litigation disagrees with a court ruling, that party generally has a right of appeal to the Arizona Court of Appeals. From there, the Arizona Supreme Court may hear further appeals at its discretion.
In Pima County and the rest of Arizona, the Superior Court is the state-wide trial court and handles all types of cases -- criminal and civil, and for a variety of forms of judicial resolution. Tucson also features a county justice court and city court. These two courts typically hear relatively minor criminal cases and civil disputes involving smaller amounts of money.
Visitors may park in one of the several lots and garages just north of the courthouse. If you find yourself needing to kill time, visit the La Placita Park across the street or La Placita Village Shopping Center two blocks away.
This court handles misdemeanor and traffic offenses as well as civil claims for $10,000 or less. The building offers many services. See the answers to frequently asked questions for more details. They also have a satellite location at:
160 N. Stone Avenue
Tucson, AZ 85701
Tel: (520) 724-3171
This location is where litigants may file civil and small claims cases. The facility has hearing rooms and courtrooms as well as public records.
City Court handles criminal misdemeanors, traffic violations, and city ordinance violations. If you need assistance, take a number from the Public Service Information Booth. You must take a number by 4:30 PM to be helped that day.
The Juvenile Court handles matters related to juvenile delinquency, dependency, and emancipation. The building sits right off of the Interstate, where East Ajo meets Kino Parkway. Unlike Tucson’s other court facilities, this one encourages visitors to drive.
As mentioned above, this is the court for parties who disagree with a trial court’s ruling. Like most of Tucson’s other courts, this one is in the 85701 zip code. So, by the time your case is heard in the Court of Appeals, you may be very familiar with the area.
This courthouse is one of several federal courthouses in Arizona. The court handles qualifying civil and criminal cases. As with other facilities in this part of Tucson, there is no designated parking lot, but there are lots and garages nearby.