Peoria Municipal Court
The Peoria Municipal Court in Arizona is in charge of city code violations, traffic violations, criminal misdemeanors, injunctions prohibiting harassment, and orders of protection. The goal is to protect and guarantee the quick and fair adjudication of all cases. Additionally, they work to show the community through transparency, accessibility, and communication that they can rely on the court to serve their needs. They also provide interpreters in all courtroom proceedings free of charge.
What cases are heard at the Peoria Municipal Court, and what services are offered?
As mentioned above, the Peoria Municipal Court enforces and maintains several jurisdictions of city law. You can pay traffic fines here (also online and over the phone). The court accepts cash, debit cards, major credit cards, checks, and money orders. You can also request a payment plan if needed. You can request records (for a fee), but take note that most records can’t be legally obtained until they’ve been in the system for a certain period of time. This varies by case, and speaking with the records clerk will clarify the if and what the time frame on the record may be.
Traffic offenses such as speeding tickets; failure to provide insurance, license, or registration; and failure to obey a traffic device like a stop light will all be managed here. Attending defensive driving courses, paying fines, and requesting a court date are done in this court. City code offenses are also maintained here. Injunctions against harassment and protective orders (also known as restraining orders) can be filed here. Changing or extending court dates can also be done here.
It is recommended that you come to court prepared and with proper representation. If you decide not to obtain a lawyer, you risk waiting long hours. You may be unfairly dismissed by the prosecutor and encouraged to plead guilty. Having proper legal representation will put a stop to such situations and work for you and your rights.
Where is the Peoria Municipal Court located?
The physical address of the Peoria Municipal Court is as follows:
10100 N. 83rd Ave
Peoria, AZ 85345
Parking is located nearby at a parking garage off of West Cinnabar Avenue. Parking is located on the upper level of the garage.
The court’s phone number is 623.773.7400, and the fax number is 623.773.7407. The number to make payments is 855.581.2433.
Opening hours are from 7 a.m.–6 p.m. Monday through Thursday. There is also “open court,” which allows citizens to speak to a judge freely, especially if they were not able to get an answer elsewhere. Many traffic violators appear at open court. Open court takes place every Tuesday from 8:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m.
What should you do after arriving at the Peoria Municipal Court?
It is advisable that you dress smart and professionally when attending court. Hats, t-shirts, jeans, sandals, and athletic sneakers are discouraged and may cause extra problems. Before conducting business, try to know who it is you need to see and provide a purpose. Oftentimes, you will be required to wait, so having something to read while you wait is not a bad idea. Also, bring all the necessary documents, and if you can, take notes beforehand to be sure you don’t forget anything. You may also want to take notes of your interactions at Peoria Municipal Court. Whether you’re requesting a record or paying a traffic fine, being respectful and knowing what services you require will help the clerks do their job more efficiently and give you a pleasant experience in a possibly stressful place.