The Brief - April 2017

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The Brief

Vol. 13, No. 4                                                                            April 2017

Family Court Minute Entries

Effective this month, the Clerk’s office has removed family court minute entries from the Clerk’s minute entry online website. Maricopa County was one of two Superior Court Clerks posting family court minute entries online to the general public, as allowed by Arizona Supreme Court Rule 123. A variety of information appears in Maricopa County’s minute entries, depending on the issues raised in a proceeding and the type of proceeding. After reviewing concerns from our customers about the information that appears in family court minute entries, the office decided to remove unregistered internet access to these documents. Parties and their attorneys can still remotely access public records in their own cases through the Clerk’s ECR Online website ( and public records will still be accessible through public access terminals located around the Valley. For more information on Clerk’s office locations and on other ways to obtain public records, see Although this change was made quickly, it protects families while maintaining access to public records.

Marriage and Travel

If you missed the February and March events, there are two more chances to take advantage of the Clerk’s Saturday hours for processing passport applications and issuing marriage licenses. The summer travel season will be here before you know it and April is a good time to start the four-to-six week process of getting your passport issued or renewed. And you won’t be alone — ten years ago the Clerk’s office had a rush on passport applications due to the 2007 Western Hemisphere Travel Initiative and those passports are now expiring. Saturday office hours are only offered at the Clerk’s Customer Service Center located at 601 W Jackson St in downtown Phoenix. The office will be open from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. on April 8 and 22. In addition to processing passport applications, the office will issue marriage licenses.

The 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 For more information, see the Clerk’s website at

External Filing Depository Box in Mesa

The external filing depository box located on the north side of the Southeast Adult Court building in Mesa will soon move to a more convenient location for the public — the main entrance on the south side of the building. The filing box is one of four external filing depository boxes that are available 24 hours-a-day, seven days-a-week around the Valley. The filing boxes can be used any time, but are particularly helpful on weekends, holidays, when there are long lines at the internal file counters, and when filings do not require a fee. The 24-hour filing depository boxes are available for Criminal, Family Court, Tax, and Probate filings and for some Civil filings. They are not for any Juvenile filings or for Civil filings that must be eFiled. Last fiscal year, the Clerk’s office received 36,690 filings through the external filing depository boxes. Find the box locations online at