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Courthouse Expectations

If you have questions or concerns that are not mentioned here, visit Find My Court for contact details and court location specific information for courthouses in Arizona.

Cellphones and Recordings

Cellphones, video cameras, and record devices are not allowed to be used in a courthouse unless previously approved by the Court.  Exceptions are normally limited to wedding, citizenship, and adoption ceremonies.  Text messages that are going to be used as evidence need to be either printed out or placed onto a USB drive.  Check with the courthouse about their technology policies.


Security procedures vary, but expect to travel through metal detectors and to have your bags inspected.

Children in the Courtroom

If you have children, either arrange for childcare or contact the courthouse to learn what the policies of the judge on children in the courtroom are, they tend to vary.

Proper Identification

You must have a valid photo ID when filing with the court.  Government issued photo IDs include:

  • Driver's license
  • MVD issues Identification card
  • Passport
  • US Military ID
  • Permanent resident card

Arriving at the Courthouse

Arrive early to your hearing, with prepared exhibits.  This way you will be able to find parking, pass through security, locate the courtroom, get last minute questions answered, and collect your thoughts.  Check in at the window of the clerk prior to going to the courtroom.

Court Standards

Please be aware of the following before going to a courthouse or law library:

  • Everyone must pass through a security check point
  • No weapons are allowed (to see a full list of prohibited of items click here)
  • Sit quietly, being respectful of those around you
  • Smoking is only allowed in designated areas outside the courthouse
  • No recording is allowed without permission
  • Photography is not allowed within the courtrooms, without approval of the judge
  • Do not wear items that have offensive slogans or pictures
  • Electronics should be turned off or placed on silent modes

Any inappropriate behavior can result in removal from the court or library by security.

Dress Appropriately

Dress appropriately to your hearing; professional business attire is recommended.  No shorts, tattered clothing, revealing blouses, shirts with inappropriate images or wording, flip flops, hats, or baggy pants.  Jeans or long pants that are not torn are acceptable.