The Brief - December 2017

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The Brief

Vol. 13, No. 12                                                                    December 2017

Payment plans

Arizona’s Fair Justice Task Force recently asked courts and Clerk’s offices to update their websites and materials to inform defendants in criminal cases and civil traffic matters that if they cannot afford to pay their full ordered amounts, they should request a payment plan. The language recommended by the Task Force is:

“If you are required to pay fines, penalties, fees or other financial obligations as a result of a judgment of this court and you are unable to pay, bring this information to the attention of court staff or the judge because payments over time or other alternatives may be available. Do not ignore your responsibility to pay, as this may result in additional penalties and costs to you.”


Mandatory e-Filing expands to Yavapai and Mohave counties

TurboCourt, one of the eFiling vendors used for electronic filing in the Superior Court in Arizona, recently announced the expansion of eFiling and mandatory eFiling in Arizona. Starting December 1, 2017, attorneys are required to eFile documents in civil cases in the Superior Court in Yavapai and Mohave counties.

TurboCourt states they launched AZTurboCourt in 2009 for Civil and Appellate cases in Pima and Maricopa counties and have been part of the expansion of eFiling throughout Arizona. eFiling in civil cases became available in Santa Cruz County in October. By the end of next year, the company expects to be available in Pinal, Yuma, and the remaining counties.

eFiling in superior court civil cases is also currently available in Yavapai, Mohave, and Santa Cruz counties through eFileAZ, another vendor available through the Supreme Court’s eFiling Information page. Thanks to this expansion, practitioners with cross-county practices will continue to have more opportunities to electronically file statewide. For more information, including links to training and updates, see the Arizona Judicial Branch’s website at


Holiday Reminders

The Clerk’s offices will be closed on Monday, December 25, 2017 for Christmas and on Monday, January 1, 2018 for New Year’s Day. In non-juvenile case types, customers may submit documents for filing on nights, weekends, and holidays by eFiling in appropriate cases or by using the Clerk’s external filing depository boxes located around the Valley. Filing depository box locations are listed online at Merry Christmas, Happy Holidays, and Happy New Year!