Court Frequently Asked Questions



Once you have made a plea or have been found guilty or responsible of a violation, you have an obligation to pay your fines and fees.  If you cannot afford to pay the full amount on the day of sentencing, you may request a time payment plan in person at the court.

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

If you do not pay your financial obligation to the Court the following may occur:
  • A default fee in the amount of $65.00 may be assessed to your case
  • 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)

If you do not know your citation number, you can find information about your case online or at the Arizona Supreme Court Public Accesslinks to external site

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's Customer Service Department handles Parking Notice of Violations for the initial 30 days from the date of violation.

Your next court date can be obtained online or by contacting the Scottsdale City Court at 480-312-2442.

If you are unable to appear for your court date, you must contact the court by:

Remember, if you miss your court date, further actions may be taken on your case.

Refer to the Hours section to see walk-in hours.

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.

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 8:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.

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.

If you want to know about your MVD record, you must contact the Arizona Department of Motor Vehiclesnot part of City of Scottsdale website at 602-255-0072.

No.

If you have any questions regarding a marriage license, please contact Maricopa County Superior Court not part of City of Scottsdale website at 602-506-3011.

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.

Additional information is also available at AZCourtHelp.orglinks to external site
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Arizona Supreme Court Rules 122 and 122.1 allow for the use of portable electronic devices in a courthouse and permit the use of recording devises in a courtroom in some circumstances. Rule 122.1(c)(3) authorizes Scottsdale City Court to adopt further reasonable limits of photography and audio or video recording in a courthouse that are not inconsistent with this rule or with Rule 122.

  • Rule 122 prohibits the use of a recording device in a courtroom without the prior and express approval of the judge assigned to the courtroom.
  • Rule 122.1 specifies the permitted use of portable electronic devises in a courthouse, to include areas of the courthouse outside the courtroom.
  • NO PERSON SHALL USE A RECORDING DEVICE IN A COURTROOM WITHOUT THE PRIOR EXPRESS PERMISSION OF THE JUDGE ASSIGNED TO THAT COURTROOM.
  • NO PERSON MAY PHOTOGRAPH, RECORD (VIDEO OR AUDIO), LIVESTREAM, OR BROADCAST IMAGES, VIDEO, OR AUDIO OF ANY INDIVIDUAL IN THE COURTHOUSE WITHOUT THAT INDIVIDUAL’S PRIOR EXPRESS CONSENT.
  • Activities not prohibited by this order are subject to the authority of judges, or court administrators to limit or terminate activity disruptive to court operations or that compromise courthouse security.
  • Law enforcement use of body worn cameras during the regular course of law enforcement response is permitted within the courthouse including courtrooms.
  • Persons using recording devices or portable electronic devices in violation of this Court Order may be subject to contempt charges or criminal trespass.

See Arizona Supreme Court's website on Cameras in Courtlinks to external site, to find links to Rule 122.1 and Rule 122 as well as the Arizona Supreme Court Administrative Order No. 2019-142.

The online assessment can be found here: SASSI Onlinelinks to external site

  • What is a Petition to Seal Criminal Case Records & what is the process?
  • What does Sealing a criminal case mean?
  • If the court grants the petition under ARS § 13-911, the petitioner may be able to state on employment, housing, and financial aid or loan applications that they have never been arrested for, charged with or convicted of the crime that is the subject of the petition. There are numerous exceptions, please read the statute 13-911.5 A through K.
  • Does my case qualify?
  • Most criminal cases are eligible; however, the petitioner must have completed all terms of sentence and have waited the prescribed timeframe below since completion of sentence:
    • Ten years for a class 2 or 3 felony.
    • Five years for a class 4, class 5, or class 6 felony.
    • Three years for a class 1 misdemeanor.
    • Two years for a class 2 or 3 misdemeanor.
  • A person who is convicted of two or more offenses may not petition the court to seal the person's case records until the timeframe prescribed above has passed for each conviction.
  • Where can I locate the Petition to Seal Criminal case records?
  • The petition is located on the court's website or the petition may be obtained at the Scottsdale City Court. Form can be found here on our website.
  • Where do I file the Petition to Seal Criminal case records?
  • What do I need to know prior to completing the Petition to Seal Criminal Case records?
  • Read ARS § 13-911 in its entirety before completing the petition. This petition is intended to help those who are seeking to seal a criminal case record under ARS § 13-911 and refers solely to the records that exist under the control of the courts, Department of Public Safety, Prosecutor's Office, and law enforcement agencies. Any case record that was published or distributed prior to sealing may still be accessible and may not be impacted by the granting of an order to seal case records.
  • Where can I find the information needed to fill out the petition to seal criminal case record?
  • How will I be notified of the ruling on my petition to seal criminal case records?
  • The Scottsdale City Court may set a Hearing concerning your Petition to Seal Case Records.
  • The Scottsdale City Court will mail a sealed copy of the order to the address listed on the petition as soon as it's processed.
  • How long before a ruling is made?
  • A ruling will not be made for at least 60 days unless the State and the Victim(s), if any, respond with no objection. However, there may delays on a ruling if the receipt of the DPS criminal history is delayed.
  • What is an Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • In accordance with Arizona Revised Statute ARS §13-905, this application may be submitted to the Court for review of a criminal conviction. The application may be submitted once the person convicted of the criminal offense has fulfilled the conditions of probation or sentence and been discharged by the Court. If the Judge grants the application, the judgment of guilt is set aside and reported to the Motor Vehicle Division and/or the Department of Public Safety in accordance with the statute. 
    ARS § 13-905links to external site
  • Is my case eligible?
  • Except as provided in subsection N of the statute, every person convicted of a criminal offense, on fulfillment of the conditions of probation or sentence and discharge by the court, may apply to have the judgment of guilt set aside. However, not all criminal offenses are eligible to be set aside. Examples include dangerous offenses, offenses which the person is required or ordered by the Court to register pursuant to section ARS § 13-3821, offenses which have a finding of sexual motivation pursuant to section ARS § 13-118, and an offense in which the victim is a minor under fifteen years of age. For a complete review of non-eligible charges please review ARS §13-905(N).
  • Where can I locate the Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • Where do I file the Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the Prosecutor’s office receives a copy of your filing. After the opposing party has had an opportunity to review your motion and respond, the Judge will review and rule.
  • How do I complete the Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • Read ARS § 13-905links to external site in its entirety before completing the petition. This application is intended to help those who are seeking to set aside criminal judgement under ARS § 13-905 and refers solely to the records that exist under the control of the courts, Department of Public Safety, Prosecutor’s Office, and law enforcement agencies. Complete form in its entirety and submit to the Court.
  • Where can I find the information needed to fill out the Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • How will I be notified of the ruling on my Application to Set Aside Judgment?
  • The Scottsdale City Court may set a Hearing concerning your Application to Set Aside Judgment. The Scottsdale City Court will mail a sealed copy of the order, if granted to the address listed on the application as soon as it’s processed.
  • What happens when the Set Aside is granted? Does the Second Chance get granted as well? 
  • If the application to set aside is granted, the Court must include a certificate of second chance if the person is eligible. The Defendant can only receive one second chance certificate for any cases. The application to Set Aside will have a question for the Defendant on whether they have previously been granted a Second Chance. ARS § 13-905 (K).
  • Does the set aside apply to all crimes?
  • No, this section does not apply to a person who was convicted of any of the following:
    • A dangerous offense.
    • An offense for which the person is required or ordered by the court to register pursuant to section 13-3821.
    • An offense for which there has been a finding of sexual motivation pursuant to section 13-118.
    • A felony offense in which the victim is a minor under fifteen years of age.
  • Can the Court grant a Set Aside and Deny the Second Chance?
  • The Defendant is only allowed one Second Chance Certificate for any cases. If the Defendant indicates one has already been granted, the defendant wouldn't be eligible for another Certificate of Second Chance. Also, there may be other instances where the court learns that a Second Chance has already been granted. In those cases, even though the Defendant has not provided that information; the defendant would not be eligible for another Certificate of Second Chance.
  • Can there be an instance where our Court has previously granted a Defendant a Set Aside in the past and the Defendant is now before the Court requesting a Second Chance Certificate?
  • Yes. There are likely to be instances where a Defendant has received a Set Aside from our Court before the Second Chance Certificate was available. In those instances, the Court will be able to grant the Second Chance unless the Defendant has already received one in another case, or the case is otherwise not eligible for a Certificate of Second Chance.
  • What is an Application for Certificate of Second Chance?
  • On April 1, 2021, Arizona Governor Doug Ducey signed into law House Bill (HB) 2067, which amends ARS § 13-905 to allow the courts to issue an order for a “Certificate of Second Chance” for individuals “whose judgment of guilt is set aside” after a criminal conviction. A Certificate of Second Chance allows a person whose conviction has been set aside to obtain benefits that they may not be able to obtain if they have a conviction. A Certificate of Second Chance allows a person the opportunity to obtain an occupational license, provides protections to employers for hiring or contracting with ex-offenders, and provides protections to a person or entity providing housing to an ex-offender.
    ARS § 13-905links to external site
  • Is my case eligible?
  • Except as provided in subsection N of the statute, every person convicted of a criminal offense, on fulfillment of the conditions of probation or sentence and discharge by the court, may apply to have the judgment of guilt set aside. However, not all criminal offenses are eligible to be set aside. Examples include dangerous offenses, offenses which the person is required or ordered by the Court to register pursuant to section ARS § 13-3821, offenses which have a finding of sexual motivation pursuant to section ARS § 13-118, and an offense in which the victim is a minor under fifteen years of age. For a complete review of non-eligible charges please review ARS § 13-905(N).
  • Where can I locate the Application for Certificate of Second Chance?
  • How do I complete the Application for Certificate of Second Chance?
  • Read ARS § 13-905links to external site in its entirety before completing the petition. This application is intended to help those who are seeking to set aside criminal judgement or have already had the criminal judgment set aside under ARS § 13-905 and refers solely to the records that exist under the control of the courts, Department of Public Safety, Prosecutor’s Office, and law enforcement agencies. If you haven’t already obtained a Set Aside, then you’d need to apply for one at the same time as submitting your application for Certificate of Seconds Chance. Complete form(s) entirely and submit to the Court.
  • Where can I find the information needed to fill out the Application for Certificate of Second Chance?
  • How will I be notified of the ruling on my Application for Certificate of Second Chance?
  • The Scottsdale City Court may set a Hearing concerning your Application for Certificate of Second Chance. The Scottsdale City Court will mail a sealed copy of the order, if granted to the address listed on the application as soon as it’s processed.
  • What happens when the Set Aside is granted? Does the Second Chance get granted as well?
  • If the application to set aside is granted, the Court must include a certificate of second chance if the person is eligible. The Defendant can only receive one second chance certificate for any cases. The application to Set Aside will have a question for the Defendant on whether they have previously been granted a Second Chance. ARS § 13-905 (K).
  • Does the Application for Certificate of Second Chance apply to all crimes?
  • The Certificate of Second Chance only applies to convictions that have been set aside and the Defendant is only allowed one Second Chance Certificate for any cases.
  • Can the Court grant a Set Aside and Deny the Second Chance?
  • The Defendant is only allowed one Second Chance Certificate for any cases. If the Defendant indicates one has already been granted, the defendant wouldn't be eligible for another Certificate of Second Chance. Also, there may be other instances where the court learns that a Second Chance has already been granted. In those cases, even though the Defendant has not provided that information; the defendant would not be eligible for another Certificate of Second Chance.
  • Can there be an instance where our Court has granted a Defendant a Set Aside in the past and the Defendant is now before the Court requesting a Second Chance Certificate?
  • Yes. There are likely to be instances where a Defendant has received a Set Aside from our Court before the Second Chance Certificate was available. In those instances, the Court will be able to grant the Second Chance unless the Defendant has already received one in another case, or the case is otherwise not eligible for a Certificate of Second Chance.
  • What is a Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207)?
  • Proposition 207 includes a new statute ARS § 36-2862links to external site that authorizes some people to petition a court for an order that will seal their marijuana-related criminal records. Eligible petitioners are those who were arrested, charged, convicted, or acquitted of any of the following offenses based on conduct occurring before November 30, 2020:
    • Possessing, consuming, or transporting two and one-half ounces or less of marijuana, of which not more than twelve and one-half grams was in the form of marijuana concentrate.
    • Possessing, transporting, cultivating, or processing not more than six marijuana plants at your primary residence for personal use; or
    • Possessing, using, or transporting paraphernalia related to the cultivation, manufacture, processing, or consumption of marijuana.
  • The Arizona Supreme Court has adopted petition forms and instructions for people to use for this purpose. For further information, please visit the link below.
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  • Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207 Marijuana)links to external site
  • ARS § 36-2862links to external site
  • Where can I locate the Petition to Expunge Records?
  • Where do I file the Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207)?
  • It is the applicant’s responsibility to ensure the Prosecutor’s office receives a copy of your filing. After the opposing party has had an opportunity to review your motion and respond, the Judge will review and rule.

  • How do I complete the Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207)?
  • To complete the petition, you must provide the court with the following information as required by Rule 36, Arizona Rules of Criminal Procedurelinks to external site for each case:
    • Your name, address, date of birth, and email address, if you have an email address.
    • A description of the offense for which you are seeking expungement as stated on the petition formlinks to external site;
    • The name of the law enforcement agency that arrested you for the marijuana-related offense; and
    • The court’s case number if your arrest resulted in a criminal complaint being filed with the court.
  • If you do not provide enough details about the records you want to have expunged, the court may dismiss your petition. If that occurs, you may file a new petition with additional details about your records. The court cannot order expungement of any arresting agency records if you do not identify the arresting agency.
  • Read the Instructions for Seeking Expungementlinks to external site in its entirety before completing the petition. This application is intended to help those who are seeking to expunge criminal records under ARS § 36-2862 and refers solely to the records that exist under the control of the courts, Department of Public Safety, Prosecutor’s Office, and law enforcement agencies.
  • Where can I find the information needed to fill out the Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207)?
  • How will I be notified of the ruling on my Petition to Expunge Records (Prop 207)?
  • The Scottsdale City Court will mail a sealed copy of the order, if granted to the address listed on the petition as soon as it’s processed.

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Scottsdale, AZ 85251 
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