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  1. If I have to pay a fine, when do I need to pay it?
  2. What happens if I do not pay?
  3. What if I don't know my citation number?
  4. When is my court date?
  5. What if I cannot appear on my court date?
  6. When can I see a Judge?
  7. How do I file an Appeal? 
  8. What should I do if a warrant has been issued for my arrest?
  9. Do I have to report a change of address?
  10. Can you tell me if my driver license has been suspended?
  11. How do I file a complaint?
  12. What is the difference between the Scottsdale City Court and the McDowell Mountain Justice Court?
  13. Can I file for bankruptcy at the Scottsdale City Court?
  14. Can I file for divorce at the Scottsdale City Court?
  15. Can I file a lawsuit at the Scottsdale City Court?
  16. Can I get a marriage license at the Scottsdale City Court?
  17. Where can I look up court case information for Scottsdale City Court and other courts in Arizona?
If I have to pay a fine, when do I need to pay it? Top of Page
All fines/penalties are due on the date they are imposed.

You can pay your fine online, or through any of our other payment options.

If you are unable to pay in full, you may apply for a payment contract and you may be subject to a credit check to determine your ability to pay. If you are granted a payment contract, a one-time fee of $20 will be added to your total fine pursuant to A.R.S. 12-116 not part of City of Scottsdale web site .

What happens if I do not pay? Top of Page
If you do not pay your financial obligation to the Court the following may occur:
  • Notification may be sent to MVD to place a suspension on your driving privileges
    (If you are not licensed in Arizona, it may extend to the state in which you are licensed)
  • A hold may be placed on your vehicle registration that will not allow you to renew it
  • You may be referred to a collection agency (resulting in additional fees)
  • A warrant may be issued for your arrest.
What if I don't know my citation number? Top of Page

If you do not know your citation number, you can find information about your case at the Arizona Supreme Court Public Access web site.

When is my court date? Top of Page
The initial court date and time that you must appear is written on the bottom of your citation.

Please note, for parking citations, The City of Scottsdale Customer Service Department handles Parking Notice of Violations for the initial 30 days from the date of violation.   

You next court date can be obtained by contacting the Scottsdale City Court at (480) 312-2442.

What if I cannot appear on my court date? Top of Page
If you have been cited for a civil traffic offense you can pay your fine online , or through any of our other payment options prior to your court date.
If you have been given a criminal ticket, you may file a request for an extension by completing a motion to continue . A motion to continue must be filed in person or by mail and the Court must receive the completed motion prior to the court date.

Please note, when filing a motion to continue on a criminal case you must submit a copy of the motion to the City Prosecutor’s office.

A motion to continue will not be granted automatically.

If good cause cannot be shown, the motion to continue will not be granted and you will have to appear on your original court date.

When can I see a Judge? Top of Page
Judges are available Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

It is not always necessary to see a judge. Many questions can be answered by Scottsdale City Court Representatives, but they are not allowed to give legal advice, only general information as it relates to the case.

What should I do if a warrant has been issued for my arrest? Top of Page
You must appear before a Judge , at which time you may be required to pay a bail/bond before the warrant can be quashed.

Warrants can be quashed Monday through Friday between 8:00 a.m. -11:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

Do I have to report a change of address? Top of Page
Yes.

If you have any pending cases with the Scottsdale City Court, it is your responsibility to keep your address current.

If you fail to provide the Court with the appropriate contact information, you may not receive proper notification regarding your case. This could result in a warrant being issued for your arrest, or a default judgment being entered against you.

Can you tell me if my driver license has been suspended? Top of Page
If you want to know about your MVD record, you must contact the Arizona Department of Motor Vehicles not part of City of Scottsdale web site at (602) 255-0072.
How do I file a complaint? Top of Page
Customers, court users and litigants are allowed to make complaints to the City Court. Here is the instructions for making a customer/litigant complaint (pdf/46kb/3pp).
What is the difference between the Scottsdale City Court and the McDowell Mountain Justice Court? Top of Page
There are two different courts in Scottsdale. The address of the Court in which you are to appear, is written at the bottom of your citation.
The Scottsdale City Court is located at 3700 North 75th Street in Scottsdale, and handles cases ranging from minor traffic violations to Class I, II and III misdemeanors, as well as Orders of Protection and Injunctions Prohibiting Harassment and Zoning matters 
The McDowell Mountain Justice Court not part of City of Scottsdale web site is located at 18380 North 40th Street, Phoenix, AZ 85032, and handles civil and contract disputes, small claims court, marriage licenses, landlord/tenant matters, Orders of Protection and Injunctions Prohibiting Harassment, both felony and misdemeanor criminal charges as well as civil traffic charges
Can I file for bankruptcy at the Scottsdale City Court? Top of Page
No.

If you have any questions regarding bankruptcy, please contact United States Bankruptcy Court - District of Arizona not part of City of Scottsdale web site at (602) 640-5800.

Can I file for divorce at the Scottsdale City Court? Top of Page
No.

If you have any questions regarding a divorce, please contact Maricopa County Superior Court not part of City of Scottsdale web site at (602) 506-3011.

Can I file a lawsuit at the Scottsdale City Court? Top of Page
No.

If you have any questions regarding a law suit, please contact Maricopa County Superior Court not part of City of Scottsdale web site at (602) 506-3011.

Can I get a marriage license at the Scottsdale City Court? Top of Page
No.

If you have any questions regarding a marriage license, please contact Maricopa County Clerk of the Superior Court not part of City of Scottsdale web site at (602) 506-3360.

Where can I look up court case information for Scottsdale City Court and other courts in Arizona? Top of Page

If you know the case or citation number for a Scottsdale City Court case, you can use the Scottsdale City Court online services page to find out case information and make payments on a case.

If you do not have a case or citation number for a Scottsdale City Court case, the Arizona Judicial Branch offers Public Access to Court Case Information, an online service providing information about court cases from most courts in Arizona. Click here for Public Access. PUblic Access allows you to look up case records by either last name or case number.

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