Vol. 12, No. 2 February 2016
Mandatory Filing Coversheet
The civil filing coversheet is now available online and is the version
that must be submitted with civil filings. Space for the plaintiff’s contact
information has been added to the sheet and a line for the attorney/plaintiff
signature was removed. The latest form is available now at http://www.superiorcourt.maricopa.gov/sscDocs/pdf/cv10fz.pdf.
Parent Information Program
Certificates Must be eFiled
Attorneys who historically used runners to file their clients’ parenting
information program certificates with the Clerk will need to update their
practice. The Superior Court entered Administrative Order 2016-006
directing the Clerk’s Office to reject these documents at the filing counters
effective January 15, 2016.
The Superior Court contracts with three vendors who provide the
statutorily-required parenting information program classes. The Clerk’s Office
and Court Administration worked with the vendors to promote electronically
filing the certificates through the Clerk’s eFiling Online website. The
administrative order requires the vendors to electronically file the certificates
of completion within five business days of the parent completing the class.
eFiling the certificates benefits the parties, the Clerk’s Office, the
Family Court bench and the vendors. The steady transition from paper to
electronic filings increases customer satisfaction and improves the timeliness
and accuracy of documents maintained in the court record. The new process saves
the parties and vendors the time and expense of delivering paper to a filing
counter. The Clerk’s Office estimates at least 300 certificates of completion
will be eFiled each month under the new process.
Saturday Hours for Valentine’s Day Marriage Licenses and
The Clerk’s Customer Service Center will open from 9:00 a.m. until 4:00
p.m. on Saturday, February 13, 2016 at 601 W. Jackson St. in downtown Phoenix
to issue marriage licenses and process passport applications. Valentine’s Day,
or the Friday before when it falls on a weekend, is the busiest day of the year
for marriage licenses and passports, often doubling the number of marriage
licenses issued on other days.
The marriage license fee is $76, payable by cash, debit card, money
order, Visa, MasterCard or American Express only and the license must be used
within one year of the date issued. There are additional fees for a certified
copy of the recorded license. For information
on other requirements, see the Clerk’s website at http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/marlic.asp.
of the Peace will be available to perform marriage ceremonies from 10:00 a.m.
until 2:00 p.m. on Saturday the 13th and on Sunday the 14th.
The judges will be available in the Downtown Justice Center, across the street
from the Clerk’s Customer Service Center where the licenses will be issued on Saturday the 13th. For
more information on ceremonies, contact the Justice Court’s main number at
Clerk’s Office is an acceptance agency for processing passport applications for
passport books and cards for children and adults. The U.S. Department of State
and Clerk of Court fees are paid separately. The Clerk’s $25 fee applies to
each application and is payable by cash, debit card, money order, Visa,
MasterCard or American Express only. The State Department’s fees vary depending
on the type of application and the State Department accepts checks and money
orders only. Applicants can start their paperwork online, print and bring their
forms to the Clerk’s Office to save time. See http://travel.state.gov/content/passports/en/passports/apply.html. For more information, see the Clerk’s website at http://www.clerkofcourt.maricopa.gov/passport.asp.
This event is to assist
customers with marriage licenses and passports during non-traditional hours, is
open to all and is taking place at the Clerk’s downtown Phoenix location only.