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Filing / Family Court

Locations and hours

Documents may be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court at our downtown location, 201 W. Jefferson St., or at our Mesa location at 222 E. Javelina, or at our Northwest Regional Court Center location at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise, or at our Northeast Regional Court Center at 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, in Phoenix, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For your convenience, we also offer alternative filing services for those customers who do not want to stand in line at the Filing Counter, or who want to file after business hours.

Family Court Forms

Many forms may be obtained online through the Clerk’s eForms on Demand. Some forms may be obtained at the Self Service Center.

If You Need Assistance
The Clerk of the Superior Court and the Clerk’s Deputies are prohibited from practicing law. They may provide the public with information regarding documents routinely filed with the clerk. If you need advice, please contact an attorney. If you need assistance in selecting an attorney, call the Maricopa County Attorney Referral Service at 602.257.4434 or the Maricopa County Self-Service Center at 602.506.SELF.

Fees

For information on the fees for filing various Family Court documents, please click here. For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Filings / Criminal

Locations and hours

Documents may be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court at our downtown location, 175 W. Madison in Phoenix, or at our Southeast location, 222 E. Javelina in Mesa, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For your convenience, we also offer alternative filing services for those customers who do not want to stand in line at the Filing Counter, or who want to file after business hours.

Filing to have your civil and/or gun rights restored

To restore your civil rights, you must submit to the Clerk of Court the following information:

1. If you were convicted of a felony, you must provide a copy of your Absolute Discharge Form provided by the Department of Corrections.

2. You must submit a separate application to restore your civil rights for each case number in which you were convicted. (For example: If you have three separate criminal case convictions - you would need to submit three separate applications). You can obtain a copy of the application in the following ways:
  • In the "Forms" section of the Clerk of Court Website. Select "Court Forms", then "e-forms on demand" and then "Criminal Court Forms." This will allow you to print an application along with an instructional packet.

  • Or, you can pick up the application in person at the filing counter at 175 W. Madison in Phoenix, or 222 E. Javelina in Mesa.
To restore your gun/firearms rights, you must submit to the Clerk of Court the following information:

1. You must submit a "Request to the Court" to request to have your gun/firearms rights restored. In this request, you must tell the Court why you want your right to possess a gun/firearm restored. Be as specific and as clear as possible. This form is located in the application listed and can be found at the locations listed above.

2. If you were convicted of a felony, you must provide a copy of your Absolute Discharge form provided by the Department of Corrections.

Filing criminal appeals

If you wish to appeal the criminal conviction you received in the Superior Court to the Court of Appeals, the party appealing must file a written Notice of Appeal with the Clerk’s Office in Superior Court.

For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Filings / Probate

Locations and hours

Documents may be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court at our downtown location, 125 W. Washington and at 201 W. Jefferson in Phoenix, or at our Southeast location, 222 E. Javelina in Mesa, or at our Northwest Regional Court Center location at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise, or at our Northeast Regional Court Center at 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, in Phoenix, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For your convenience, we also offer alternative filing services for those customers who do not want to stand in line at the Filing Counter, or who want to file after business hours.

Filing a will or probate case

If you wish to file a will, we recommend that you contact an attorney. If you wish to file for Informal Probate of a will, you must be named in the will as Personal Representative, be an heir of the decedent or be a creditor. If you do not have the original will, you must file a Formal Probate. The Probate Filing Counter is located at 125 W. Washington St., 1st floor and at 201 W. Jefferson in Phoenix, or at our Southeast location, 222 E. Javelina in Mesa, or at our Northwest Regional Court Center location at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise, or at our Northeast Regional Court Center at 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, in Phoenix, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.   Many forms are available online through the Clerk’s eForms or the Self-Service Center.

For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Filing an Affidavit of Real Property or an Affidavit of Personal Property

To file an Affidavit of Real Property, the following conditions apply:
  • Six months must have passed from the date of death;
  • You must provide a certified copy of the death certificate,
  • A valid original will if there is one;
  • The decedents interest must not be valued in excess of $100,000;
  • The person entitled to the property must be the one to collect the property by affidavit.

To use an Affidavit of Personal Property, the following conditions apply:

  • 30 days must have passed from the date of death;
  • The personal property must not be valued in excess of $75,000
  • The form is filled out by the person entitled to collect assets.

The Affidavit of Personal Property does not need to be filed with the Clerk of the Court. It is signed, notarized, and presented to the party holding the asset.

Trust Documents

There is no provision in the Arizona Revised Statutes for the filing of Trust documents with the Superior Court. If you have a Notice of Trust that you would like to be made public record, you will need to contact the Maricopa County Recorder's Office to inquire about the costs and procedures for having documents recorded.

Safekeeping of Wills

Arizona no longer has any provisions in the Statutes for the filing of Wills for Safekeeping. If you are inquiring as to whether someone may have had a Will for safekeeping placed with the Clerk's Office before the change in Statute, please contact (602)37-CLERK(25375). A Will that is currently in safekeeping is not public record and can only be released to the person that drew up the Will or an attorney for their estate.

Estates

If you are inquiring as to whether a decedent has an existing probate case, please contact customer service at (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Claims Against Estates

In order to file a Claim against an estate, you must have a valid probate case number on the document along with an $27.00 filing fee.

Demands for Notice

A Demand may be filed against a decedent's estate by submitting the Demand along with an $27.00 filing fee. A Demand does not have to have an existing probate number. If you are filing a Demand on an estate not yet filed with the Court, the Probate Registrar will check all new Informal Probates against the Demand list. When a probate estate has been opened, the Demand will then be filed into the estate matter. If no case has been opened within 2 years of submitting the Demand, the Demand will be destroyed.

Fees

For information on Probate fees, please click here.
For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Filing / Civil

Civil documents may be filed with the Clerk of Superior Court at our Downtown location, 201 W. Jefferson in Phoenix, or our Southeast location, 222 E. Javelina in Mesa, at our Northwest Regional Court Center location at 14264 W. Tierra Buena Lane in Surprise, at our Northeast Regional Court Center at 18380 N. 40th St., Suite 120, in Phoenix, Monday through Friday from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. For your convenience, we also offer alternative filing services for those customers who do not want to stand in line at the Filing Counter, or who want to file after business hours.

Forms for Civil Filings

Some forms are available through the Clerk's eForms on Demand website. Many kits are available at book stores and stationary stores or look in the Yellow Pages under legal forms. Also, some forms are available through the Self-Service Center website and the Self-Service Center location in the various Superior Court locations.

If you choose to prepare your own documents, your documents must conform to the Arizona Rules of Court and Arizona Revised Statutes. Both books are available at your local library and book stores. You may file in the Justice Court if the monetary amount is from $2,500 to $10,000. Contact Justice Court Administration at (602) 506-1337 for further information. The blue pages of the phone book will provide the Justice Court nearest you or go the the Justice Court website. Anything over $10,000 must be filed in Superior Court.

Responding to a summons

If you have been served with a summons and complaint or petition and you wish to respond, you must do so in writing. There are time limitations for responding to a complaint or petition.

For a listing of the fee to file a response to a civil complaint or petition, please click here. For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Liens

To create a lien, using a judgment from a Justice Court, the County Recorder’s Office requires a certified copy of the judgment after it has been filed with the Clerk of Superior Court.

To file your judgment with the Clerk’s Office, you must provide us with a certified copy of your Justice Court judgment and civil cover sheet.

For a listing of the fees, please click here or call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Filing an out of state or foreign judgment

Instructions and forms for filing an out of state or foreign judgment are available on the eForms on Demand website, form #203. you will also need form #204, Civil Cover Sheet. The instructions and forms are also available at the Clerk of Court filing counters. For additional information, you may call (602)37-CLERK(25375).

Detainers

Before filing a forcible detainer with the Clerk, a seven-day notice of eviction is required. Neither the Clerk’s Office nor the Superior Court provides any forms for forcible detainers. Please look in the Yellow Pages under "legal forms" to find appropriate places to purchase these forms.

For information on the fee to file a Forcible Detainer in Superior Court, please click here.

Filing For a Name Change

The Self Service Center can provide you the name change forms at all Superior Court locations as well as on the website. You may also check your yellow pages under legal forms for locations to purchase these forms. You will also need a Civil Cover Sheet which is available on the Clerk's Office eForms on Demand website, form #204.

Filing a Petition for Name Change for a minor is made by the parent or guardian.

Appealing a civil judgment

If you wish to appeal the civil judgment you received in the Superior Court to the Court of Appeals, the party appealing must file a written Notice of Appeal with the Clerk’s Office in Superior Court. A filing fee is required. A cost bond is required to be posted with the Clerk’s Office as well as a bond account charge. There are time restrictions which apply to filing an appeal.

When appealing a judgment from the Justice or City Court, your Notice of Appeal must be filed in the initiating court. After the appeal is filed, the fee paid and bond posted, if necessary, the initiating court will transfer your case to the Superior Court, and the Clerk’s Office will notify the parties of any fees required within one week.

Establishing Administrative Boundaries

The following Administrative Orders were issued establishing administrative boundaries for cases assigned within the judicial districts of Maricopa County.

  • Probate Boundaries: Administrative Order 2014-021
  • Civil Boundaries: Administrative Order 2014-020
  • Family Court Boundaries: Administrative Order 2013-008

   
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