The Judicial Branch in Graham County
It is the purpose of the Judicial Branch to provide the timely, fair, and efficient administration of justice under law, in a manner that instills and sustains the public’s confidence in the judicial system.
Graham County Judicial Departments
The Superior Court of Arizona in Graham County is part of the state’s only general jurisdiction court. The court is therefore a court of record, and every case and filing to go through the court is recorded and preserved by the Clerk of the Superior Court. The Superior Court will hear and decide a large variety of cases to include: felony criminal; criminal juvenile matters; civil matters involving real property of $5,000 or more; family law matters such as divorce, child support/visitation, and custody issues; juvenile dependency matters; probate/estate law; and orders of protection and injunctions against harassment. The court keeps a calendar of all hearings.
The Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court is the record keeper for the court and assists in the public’s access to the Superior Court. The Clerk’s office files and preserves a record of all court events and documentation. It is also responsible for processing all monies collected by the Superior Court. This includes filing fees, miscellaneous service fees, bail bonds, appearance bonds, and court ordered adult and juvenile assessments. Other areas of service the Office of the Clerk of the Superior Court provides include: processing applications for passports, notary bonds, process servers and bail bondsmen; issuing and recording marriage licenses; processing child support wage assignments; and assisting the public with court access and record research.
The Adult and Juvenile Probation Departments are established by the Arizona State Constitution as the agency responsible for the supervision of individuals convicted of a crime, but are not sentenced to incarceration in prison. Probation is charged with the duty to enforce compliance to the terms and conditions of the Superior Court’s judgments in criminal matters. Adult and Juvenile Probation also provides and coordinates various treatment services for probationers, such as: drug/alcohol abuse rehabilitation, drug abuse relapse education, adult life skills training, and juvenile anger management therapy.
Justice of the Peace Courts
The Justice of the Peace courts’ purpose is to administer fair and timely justice in the following legal matters: criminal misdemeanors, civil traffic citations, small claims civil suits, forcible detainers and evictions, orders of protection and injunctions against harassment not involving children. There are two Justice of the Peace precincts, Precinct #1 (Safford) located in the Graham County Courthouse, 1st floor, Safford; Precinct #2 (Pima) located at 136 W. Center, Pima, AZ.
Please click on the specific departments to visit the department main pages for more information on the services they provide.