Mesa Municipal Court

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Mesa Municipal Court
250 E. 1st Avenue
Mesa, Arizona 85210
Bus 480-644-2255
Fax 480-644-2927  

Monday - Thursday 7:00 AM to 6:00 PM except holidays.

Court calendar for the next four business days.

COURT DIRECTIONS:  The northwest corner of 1st Avenue and Pomeroy Street which is one block South of Main Street and one block West of Mesa Drive.


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PARKING: A public parking garage is located directly behind the courthouse and can be accessed from Main Street or Pomeroy.

Presiding City Magistrate - Judge J. Matias Tafoya
 
Mission
As the judicial branch of government, it is our mission to administer fair and impartial justice. We are committed to providing efficient, accurate, consistent and accessible services.

Vision
To become the MODEL court:
                                          Most
                                          Organized
                                          Dynamic
                                          Efficient
                                          Leading
by excelling in innovation, quality and service that exceeds our community's expectations.
 

Tickets

Select www.violationinfo.com to view photos of a traffic complaint issued through the Mesa Police Department's photo-safety program. You must have the notice number and PIN number to view the photos.

Do you have questions about a ticket you just received? Click on the corresponding links below to find out what your options are:

Civil Traffic (Speeding, Insurance, Registration, Red Light)

Photo Enforcement information (How does it work, Speed Vans, Intersection Speed cameras, fine amount, fixed speed cameras in school zone.)

C.A.P.P. Children Are Priceless Passengers

Misdemeanor (Dog at Large, Driving Under the Influence, Shoplifting, Assault)

Parking (Handicap, Red Curb, Prohibited/Restricted) 

Civil Traffic Sanction Schedule

Payment Information

Jurisdiction

Judges


  • There are seven Municipal Court Judges and one Commissioner at the Mesa Municipal Court. 

    Presiding City Magistrate J. Matias Tafoya (Arraignment Courtroom 202), Judge Robin Allen (Courtroom 301), Judge Valerye Boyer-Wells (Courtroom 302) Judge Michelle Lue Sang (Courtroom 303), Judge Karl Eppich (Courtroom 304), Judge Victor Ortiz (Courtroom 305), Judge Elizabeth Arriola (Custody Courtroom), and Commissioner Richard Garcia (Courtroom 101).

    Selection of Judges:
    The Mesa City Council established a Judicial Advisory Board in 1997. This Board is responsible for:
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    •      recommending to the City Council the best qualified persons to become judges and

          evaluating the performance of appointed judges and advising the City Council about retaining them.

 

The City Council reviews the recommendations from the Judicial Advisory Board and appoints the judges. 
 
Mesa City Code Title 2 Chapter 3 
Judicial Advisory Board

The initial appointment is for a two-year term; if reappointed, the second term is a two year term; subsequent reappointments are for four-year terms
 
Mesa City Code Title 1 
Chapter 7 City Magistrates
 
Administrative Hearing Officers are appointed by the Presiding City Magistrate and preside over Civil Traffic Offenses.

Jurisdiction
Jury Information
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Protection Orders


Overview
Order of Protection
Victim Services
Emergency Orders
Injunction Prohibiting Harassment
Effective Dates of the Order / Injunction
Requesting a Hearing
Violation of the Order / Injunction
Forms for Protective Orders


Overview


There are two types of Protection Orders: an Order of Protection and an Injunction Against Harassment.  Both types are initiated by filing a Petition.

Court staff will provide the appropriate petition forms at no charge.

The person filing the Petition is called the PLAINTIFF.  The person against whom the order is requested is called the DEFENDANT. 

There is no fee to file a Petition for an Order of Protection or an Injunction Prohibiting Harassment. 

The Petition forms are filled out and given to the Court staff.  The plaintiff will see the judge right after the Petition is filed. 

If the judge grants the Petition and issues an Order of Protection or an Injunction Prohibiting Harassment, the Order will be effective when the defendant is served with a copy of the Order.  There are fees to serve the defendant only for Injunctions Prohibiting Harassment when there was not a dating relationship between the parties. The judge may waive or defer these fees.

The Order must be served within one year of issuance and is valid for one year from the date the defendant is served a copy of the Order.

Order of Protection (ARS 13-3602)
There are specific criteria which must be met for an Order of Protection to be issued. For the judge to issue an order, there must be reasonable cause to believe the defendant has committed or may commit an act of domestic violence.

Domestic Violence (ARS 13-3601) 

For Victim services:
 Mesa Family Advocacy Center  

An act of domestic violence includes:


any act which is a dangerous crime against a child under fifteen
recklessly endangering another person with a substantial risk of imminent death or physical injury
threatening or intimidating by word or conduct
assault and aggravated assault
custodial interference
unlawful imprisonment
kidnapping
trespass in the first, second, or third degree
criminal damage
disorderly conduct
harassment
stalking
interfering with judicial proceedings
suspicious photographing, videotaping, filming or digitally recording
use of telephone terrify, intimidate, threaten, harass, annoy or offend
child or vulnerable adult abuse

 


Relationship of the Parties


An Order of Protection is used for a "family" relationship between you and the Defendant. To obtain an Order of Protection one of the following must apply:


Married now or in the past.
Live together now or lived together in the past.
Parent of a child in common.
One of you is pregnant by the other.
You are a relative (parent, in-law, brother, sister, or grandparent).
Current or previous romantic or sexual relationship.  Also, you must state how an act of domestic violence was threatened or committed against you within the last year.


If one of these six relationships do not apply to your circumstances then an Injunction Prohibiting Harassment may be appropriate.


Third Party Request
If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to personally request an order, a third party may make the request on behalf of the plaintiff.


Where to file
Any person may file a Petition in any Justice Court, Municipal Court or Superior Court in the state. Court staff will provide assistance and provide the appropriate form for filing the Petition for an Order of Protection. There is no fee for the forms or for filing the Petition.

If there is an action for maternity, paternity, annulment, legal separation or dissolution of marriage pending between the parties, The Petition must be filed in the Superior Court.

Possible Orders

If the judge issues an Order of Protection, the judge may order:

the defendant to not commit an act of domestic violence;
one party the use and exclusive possession of the parties residence;
the defendant to not contact the plaintiff or other designated persons;
the defendant to not go near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other designated persons;
the defendant to not possess or purchase a firearm for the duration of the order;
relief necessary for the protection of the plaintiff and other designated persons.

Emergency Orders

If an emergency exists and an Order of Protection is required during hours the court is closed, contact the local police department.

 

Injunction Against Harassment     (ARS 12-1809)

There are specific criteria which must be met for an Injunction Against Harassment to be issued. For the judge to issue an order, there must be evidence of harassment during the past year or that irreparable harm to the plaintiff would result if the order is not issued.

Definition of Harassment

Harassment is defined as:

A series of acts over any period of time that is directed at a specific person and that would cause a reasonable person to be seriously alarmed, annoyed or harassed and the conduct in fact seriously alarms, annoys and harasses the person and serves no legitimate purpose.

Third Party

If a person is either temporarily or permanently unable to personally request an Injunction, a third party may make the request on behalf of the plaintiff.

Where to file

Any person may file a petition in any Justice Court, Municipal Court or Superior Court in the state. Court staff will provide assistance and provide the appropriate form for filing the Petition for an Injunction Against Harassment. There is no fee for the forms or to file the Petition.

Possible Orders

If the judge issues an Injunction Prohibiting Harassment, the judge may order:

the defendant to not commit an act of harassment;
the defendant to not contact the plaintiff or other designated persons;
the defendant to not go near the residence, place of employment or school of the plaintiff or other designated persons;
relief necessary for the protection of the plaintiff and other designated persons.

Effective Date of the Order / Injunction

When Is It Effective?
The Order is effective only after a copy of the order has been served on the defendant.


How Long Is It Effective?
An Order expires, one year from the date the defendant is served with a copy of the order.

An Order must be served within one year from the date it is issued. If the order is not served within one year from the date the order is issued, the order expires and cannot be served.

Modified Order
If the original Order is modified, the Order as modified is effective upon service and expires one year from the date the original order was served.

Service
Information you provide on the process server information sheet is used by the person who is serving the defendant with a copy of the order.

Service of the Protection Order must be completed by a licensed process server or law enforcement agency. There is no charge by law enforcement agencies to serve Orders of Protection. There is no charge by law enforcement agencies to serve Injunctions Prohibiting Harassment when the Court has found that a dating relationship existed.

There is a fee to serve Injunctions Prohibiting Harassment when no dating relationship existed. The Court may waive or defer this fee.
 
Request a Hearing

The defendant is entitled to request a hearing on the order.

Hearings are held within ten days of the request. If exclusive use of the home is included in the Order of Protection, the hearing will be held within five days of the request.

At the conclusion of the hearing, the judge will decide whether the order will remain in effect, be modified, or vacated.
 
Violation of the Order / Injunction
A peace officer may arrest a person for disobeying or resisting an Order of Protection or an Injunction Prohibiting Harassment.
 
Forms for Protection Orders
Court staff will provide the petition form free of charge at the Court, or you can download and print a copy below.  The address and process server information sheets need to be completed in addition to the petition.  All forms are included in the petition packet.
Petition Packet for Protective Order

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