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A person's first court hearing is typically held within 24 hours after arrest. This hearing is called the initial appearance (IA), and these IA hearings are held 365 days a year. There are two IAs heard daily; 10 am and 3 pm. IA hearings are held at the Pinal County Jail in Florence.
The Judge determines the conditions under which a person will be released from custody, attorneys may be appointed (if appropriate), and the next court date will be set.
If you are a victim in a case and provided your phone number to the police officer on the scene, you should be contacted by pretrial services before the hearing to allow you to provide input regarding the release decision. You can also attend the Initial Appearance hearing at the jail.
Pretrial Services is responsible for notifying the Court of the person's non-compliance, and the Judge can order that person to be returned to jail.
If the Judge orders a presentence report following your change of plea hearing, please report to the Adult Probation Department in the Pinal County Superior Court House. You will provide demographic information, including your contact information for your assigned Presentence Officer. In addition, you will be given an information sheet with directions on when and with whom to schedule your interview.
You must bring the following to your interview: birth certificate or passport; driver's license or photo identification; social security number/card; AHCCCS or insurance card; proof of residence (utility bill or phone bill); most recent payroll check stub (if possible). In addition, you may bring: a written statement of your version of the offense and character reference letters, which are letters from friends, employers, or clergy who know about the offense and what type of person you are.
Names and social security numbers you've used; parental and family information (including ages and addresses); marital/significant other information; employment information (including supervisors, addresses, and phone numbers); military information; juvenile and adult criminal history (including arrests and probationary/parole periods); education history and goals; substance abuse and mental health concerns; current or future residence location; your personal contact information.
No. Please do not bring children to the presentence interview.
Probation is a court-ordered period of supervision in the community, generally as an alternative to incarceration (prison). Parole is a period of supervised release in the community following a prison term.
Probation services offer an array of benefits to the individual sentenced, the community, and the criminal justice system. By remaining in the community, the individual has access to their support network and employment, which allows them to contribute productively to their community. Probation also attempts to help address the underlying issues of crime, such as alcohol/drug use, mental health concerns, homelessness, and unemployment.
During your initial visit, you will meet with a Probation Officer who will provide you with contact information. If you need assistance reaching your probation officer, please get in touch with us, and we will provide you with the proper contact information.
We will need copies of your personal identification (such as an ID or Driver's License, birth certificate, passport, or visa); employment verification (pay stub); residence verification (utility bill or lease agreement); medication information; and documents related to any treatment or community restitution that you are involved in.
Individuals sentenced to probation are subject to approved uniform conditions of probation and may also be required to adhere to additional conditions related specifically to their conviction offense. Standard conditions commonly include community service, fines, counseling, no drug or alcohol use, no weapons, and restitution.
A probation violation occurs when you fail to abide by your conditions of probation. The type of consequence depends on several factors, such as the seriousness of your violation and whether you have previously violated conditions of probation. To avoid violations, review and understand your conditions of probation. Ask questions when you need clarification. It is important to communicate honestly with your probation officer and notify them if you have law enforcement contact or if there are any changes to your living arrangement or employment status.
An undesignated felony is considered a felony until the successful completion of probation. If you complete the court requirements and achieve your goals while on probation, the Court may designate the offense as a misdemeanor.
A conviction for a felony suspends many civil rights. After completion of probation, you can file with the court to have those rights restored. A packet with the instructions and forms are available through the Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court.
Probation Supervision is a sentencing option for the Court instead of or in addition to jail or prison. The Court determines the conditions of the probation term, and Adult Probation ensures individuals have the necessary resources to comply with the conditions.
No. CASA works closely with the Foster Care System to advocate for a child.
CASAs are volunteers for the Superior Court of Arizona, appointed by a judge to advocate for a child who is in foster care who has been removed from their home due to abuse and/or neglect.
You can request conciliation counseling online through the FSCC website by completing the Petition for Conciliation.
You will both be Court-Ordered to attend at least one session. Sanctions may be issued if one party fails to appear for the appointment.
Stay is placed on your case for up to 60 days and you cannot take other action in the court until counseling is completed unless there is an emergency.
There is no fee for Conciliation Counseling through FSCC.
Early Disposition Court, or EDC, is a court session separate from traditional court sessions. EDC attempts to bring criminal cases to resolution with the fewest possible court appearances. The goal is to make the criminal justice system more efficient, but still, protect the rights of all parties involved. All parts of the criminal justice system work together and share information as much as possible.
After the Initial Appearance, the County Attorney decides if a case should go to EDC. If the case is right for EDC, it is set for the court at an EDC session. At that EDC session, the defendant is arraigned, and a plea agreement is offered by the County Attorney. If the defendant accepts the plea agreement, sentencing will occur that day or an EDC session. If the defendant does not accept the offered plea agreement, there are two options. More time is allowed to reach a plea agreement by the next EDC session, or the case is set for a traditional court session.
If the attorneys believe a case can be resolved more quickly, and the rights of all parties will not be compromised, the case may be sent to Early Disposition Court.
EDC saves resources. It saves time and tax dollars. Cases in EDC are typically resolved in a single hearing. When a case goes to a traditional court it may take a minimum of three months to resolve. When a case is resolved in EDC, there is no need for a Grand Jury indictment. With fewer cases sent to the Grand Jury, fewer citizens may be called to sit for a four-month Grand Jury obligation.
If a defendant is placed on probation, it is important to get the defendant under probation supervision as soon as possible. If a case goes through traditional court, the defendant may stay in jail an extra 10 days until arraignment. During that time, the defendant may lose employment, housing, and other support that can help a person be successful in the community. EDC helps keep these supports in place by getting the defendant back in the community under probation supervision more quickly. This makes it more likely the defendant can be successful and less likely the defendant will commit more crimes.
Just like in traditional court, victims in EDC have the opportunity to be heard and to provide input. When a case goes to EDC, fewer court hearings means fewer trips to the courthouse. If the defendant is put on probation, getting this done faster means a better chance of getting victim restitution paid more quickly.
EDC usually means fewer trips to the courthouse for hearings and quicker case resolution. If the sentence is to be probation, going into EDC may also mean getting out of custody sooner. That in turn may mean keeping or finding a job and getting needed help (like counseling) sooner.
Your attorney will not attend the EDCM screening session at FSCC. If an agreement is reached, the paperwork will be sent to your attorney for review and signature. If no agreement is reached or if recommendations are made in your case, please plan to attend the next hearing scheduled for your case.
No. The evaluator will meet with the parents and provide a summary, please do NOT bring children to the appointment.
Please bring up your concerns during your EDCM session and if the evaluator deems that a child interview is necessary he/she will schedule another appointment on a different date to meet with the child.
FSCC is a Court department and we have security in place. Both parties are required to appear as they do in a Court proceeding. Separate waiting areas are available and we have security onsite.
Bring any documentation that you feel is important for the evaluator to have. You must bring a copy of any documentation for the other parent as well.
Do not bring your children unless specifically instructed to do so by FSCC staff.
If one parent fails to appear for the assessment appointment the Court will be notified and sanctions may apply. The case will get sent back to the Court for Judicial Review and the Assessment may not go forward.
Please contact FSCC in advance of your appointment to make arrangements. While the assessment usually occurs with both parents in the room, there is always a third party present, separate waiting areas are available, and there is security staff onsite at FSCC.
If you agree on all the issues, you may submit a Consent Decree of Dissolution of Marriage. You may use the Ecourt system to prepare these forms or you can find them on the Pinal County Clerk of the Superior Court Court Forms page.
A Consent Decree is the final order signed by the Judge when parties have agreed on everything required for a divorce, legal separation, or annulment. Both parties must agree in writing to all of the issues which may include: division of property and debt, spousal maintenance (if any), legal decision-making, parenting time, and child support for cases involving children. All parties must sign the written decree.
The Respondent must be served with the Petition for Dissolution (or the Respondent must sign an Acceptance of Service.) The signed Consent Decree and other required paperwork cannot be submitted to the Court until at least 60 days have passed after the date the Respondent was served with the divorce papers.
Once at least 60 days have passed, you can file your Consent Decree with the Clerk of Court. Make sure your documents are completed correctly before you file. If they are not completed correctly, the Court will not be able to sign the Consent Decree and you will not be divorced. If your Consent Decree is completed correctly, the Court reviews the paper work and upon approval, the Court will sign the Consent Decree and you will be divorced.
If you would like someone to review your Decree with you and ensure it is completed properly, please email the Family Law Facilitator program at the Conciliation Court or call 520-866-7349.
After you have waited the required time, paid the response fee, and attended the Parenting Education Class (if you have children) you can submit a Consent Decree. Compete for the Consent Decree and other required documents and file it with the Pinal County Clerk of Court.
The following paperwork is required to be signed and notarized by all parties when submitting a Consent Decree:
For cases with children, you will also need:
The Court may grant the requests made in the Petition for Dissolution without the Respondent participating if the person served with the Petition for Dissolution did not file a Response. A default hearing can be set by the Petitioner if the other party/Respondent has not filed a written response. A default hearing can be scheduled by the Court upon written request when you want a divorce, other judgment, or order of the Court when the opposing side does not respond in writing to your petition or motion. In a Dissolution, a default hearing cannot be set for at least 60 days after the date the petition (and other documents) were served on the Respondent.
You may not proceed by Default for any petition(s) to modify.
You may qualify for a Default without a hearing if there are no minor children born before or during the marriage, if the wife is not currently pregnant if neither party requests spousal maintenance, and if there is limited debt and property. To request a Default Judgment without hearing complete Motion And Affidavit for Default.
If you want to set a default hearing, you must complete the Application and Affidavit of Default (PDF) and file it with the Clerk of the Court. Before filing the Application and Affidavit of Default, you must be sure service of the Petition for Dissolution was complete, and that the other party did not file a written Response or Answer with the court.
At the time you file the Application and Affidavit of Default with the Clerk of the Court, make sure you have two (2) copies of the Application and Affidavit of Default date-stamped by the Clerk. You must mail or hand-deliver one copy to the other party the day that you filed the Application and Affidavit of Default with the Clerk of the Court. After you have given the other party a copy of the Application and Affidavit of Default you must wait 10 court days.
If the other party still does not file a written Response or Answer in 10 court days, you may be able to request a default hearing date.
To request a default hearing, please submit the Decree Assistance Project Form. Your case will be reviewed to ensure it meets all requirements and you will be contacted by Conciliation Court to schedule a Default Hearing. After submitting the form, if you are not contacted within five business days, please call 520-866-7387 or 520-866-7349. You must have all of the information listed in the form available if you call.
If a default hearing is set for you, you must completely fill out the paperwork and take your final divorce papers with you to your hearing. Your final divorce paper is called a Decree of Dissolution.
Bring to following papers to your default hearing:
Completed Decree of Dissolution, Legal Separation, or Order of Annulment and 2 copies
Order of Assignment and 2 copies
If you and the other party disagree on the relief asked for in the Petition for Dissolution you may need to consult with an attorney for advice. You may also want to file a response within the required timeframe.
If after consultation with an attorney and/or attending a Resolution Management Conference, an Expedited Differentiated Case Management Conference, or any other court hearing, you still cannot agree, you may need to ask for a Trial.
In cases where a Petition for Dissolution and an answer / response have been filed with the court, you can file a Motion to Set. This Motion tells the Court that you want to go forward with the trial and that discovery is completed.
A trial in your case will decide the issues that you and the other party have not resolved. The primary issues to be resolved in any family court case involving one or more children include a determination of 1) Legal decision-making and parenting time rights with respect to any minor child; and 2) An appropriate child support order including provisions for medical insurance, medical costs of all children not covered by insurance, and an allocation of any federal tax exemptions applicable to the minor children; and 3) Whether any party should be awarded any reasonable attorney's fees incurred in this matter. If your case is a dissolution or separation of a marriage, the court will also determine: 1) An equitable division of community property; 2) Responsibility for payment of any community debts; and 3) Spousal maintenance (previously known as alimony)
If your case involves one or more minor children natural to or adopted by you and the other party you are required to attend a parent education program in accordance with A.R.S. §25-351. You can schedule your class online via Conciliation Court.
You and the opposing party are required to file and provide the assigned judge with a copy of a Joint Pretrial Statement pursuant to Rule 76 (C), Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure, no later than 20 days prior to trial. The Joint Pre-trial Statement shall include the following attachments:
You are also required to promptly comply with all requests for relevant information in this case made by the opposing party. In this regard, you are directed to sign all necessary consents and releases reasonably required to obtain any relevant documents or records from any person, company, or institution possessing any relevant information.
If a party is forced to incur attorney's fees or other costs to obtain documents or records by subpoena or other legal process after reasonable request of the other party to obtain such information in a more efficient or economical manner, the Court will consider a request for payment or reimbursement of such fees and costs at the time of trial.
The failure of counsel or any party to appear at the time of trial, or to timely present the Joint Pretrial Statement in proper form, including each and every attachment required, shall, in the absence of good cause shown, result in the imposition of any and all available sanctions pursuant to AZRFLP Rule 71 (A) including proceeding to hear this matter by default based upon the evidence presented by the appearing party.
If either party has exhibits to be marked, arrangements shall be made with the Clerk of Judicial Division that will try your case at least five days prior to trial to schedule a time to deliver said exhibits to the Clerk. Duplicate exhibits shall not be presented. The parties shall also provide the Court and the adverse party with a separate copy of all exhibits.
The parties shall indicate in the Joint Pretrial Statement which exhibits they have agreed will be admissible at trial as well as any specific objections that will be made to any exhibit if offered at trial which is not agreed to be admitted. Reserving all objections at the time of trial will not be permitted. At the time of trial, all exhibits that the parties have agreed will be admitted and all exhibits for which no specific objection is stated in the Joint Pretrial Statement shall be summarily admitted.
Counsel and the parties are reminded of their obligation to give prompt notice of any settlement to the Court as required by Rule 70, Arizona Rules of Family Law Procedure. If you reach an agreement on all issues you must submit a Consent Decree to the Court.
To register for High Conflict, please call 520-866-5760. Be sure to have your Superior Court case number available. Pre-registration is required.
No, parties cannot attend the same High Conflict class.
This is a court ordered class, and you must appear in person. If a party fails to attend, the court will be notified and possibly sanctioned for Failure to Appear.
You will need to bring proof of payment and a photo ID with you to the class.
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A court interpreter is a sworn officer of the court that provides impartial and confidential language services during a court or court-related proceeding. An interpreter must render a complete and accurate interpretation or sight translation by reproducing in the target language the closest natural equivalent of the source language message without altering, omitting, or adding anything to the meaning of what is stated or written, and without explanation. Spoken language court interpreters interpret for parties that speak or understand little or no English. Sign Language interpreters interpret for all parties who are deaf or hard of hearing.
A court interpreter interprets all verbal or signed communications for parties with limited knowledge of English or parties that are deaf or hard of hearing during a court or court-related proceeding. A translator conveys written information from one language into another.
The Court Interpreter will
• Hand you a set of headphones, so you can listen directly to the rendition in your own language. An interpreter may also stand or sit close to you and whisper the rendition directly to you without using equipment.
• Help you communicate with your lawyer, court personnel, and the judge during a court or court related proceedings.
• Attempt to communicate precisely what each speaker is saying.
• Interpret everything that is said, without adding, omitting, or changing anything.
The Court Interpreter Will Not
• Give you legal or any other advice.
• Answer questions about the law or the legal process.
• Explain what words mean or what is happening in court.
• Talk to you about your case.
• Have private conversations with you or your family.
• File your court forms. (Petitions, motions, etc)
Remember: Court interpreters cannot help you fill out or file your court forms or answer legal questions.
The telephonic interpreter will give a brief introduction at the beginning of the proceeding. If you are having difficulty hearing or understanding the interpreter, please notify the Court as soon as possible, even if you must interrupt the hearing. However, do not ask the interpreter to explain what was said.
*Please mute your phones and reduce your background noise when using court interpreter.
Yes, a court interpreter must protect and uphold the confidentiality of all privileged information obtained during the course of her or his duties.
To request an interpreter for a court proceeding, please click here - https://www.pinalcountyaz.gov/Judicial/Interpreters/pages/InterpreterScheduling.aspx
Please email [email protected] as soon as you know of the cancellation or the reset. Our contract language providers require a 48-hour notice.
Court interpreting is a sophisticated and demanding profession that requires much more than being bilingual. The interpreter must possess a native or near native knowledge of English and the non-English language generally equivalent to that of an educated native speaker of the language. Court interpreters must also possess specialized cognitive and motor skills, have a firm understanding of court procedure and basic justice system concepts and terminology, and be thoroughly familiar with the ethical and professional responsibilities of interpreters in the judiciary.
If you are interested in becoming in a court interpreter visit: https://www.azcourts.gov/interpreter/Arizona-Court-interpreter-Credentialing-Program
Yes. The AOC Interpretation Resources Court Interpreter Registry and Listserv Arizona’s Administrative Office of the Courts (AOC) maintains a statewide roster of individuals who indicate they have interpreting experience and have expressed interest in working in the courts. This roster is available to the Clerk’s Office on the Internet at http://www.interpreters.courts.az.gov.
Please contact the ADA coordinator:
Superior Court in Pinal County
In Arizona, the Superior Court exercises jurisdiction over juveniles 8 to 17 years old who have been processed through the juvenile system for either delinquent or incorrigible acts. Children under the age of eight are considered dependent regardless of the nature of the act committed and individuals 18 and older are considered adults (A.R.S. Section 8-201.13).
A juvenile under the age of eighteen commits a delinquent act if that same act committed by an adult would be a criminal offense.
An incorrigible juvenile commits an offense that would not be considered a crime if he or she were an adult and are often referred to as status offenses. Typically, incorrigible juveniles are juveniles who are habitually truant from school, have run away from home, or violated curfew. In addition, juveniles who refuse to obey the reasonable and proper direction of their parents or guardians can be considered incorrigible.
Juveniles formally enter the court system when a referral is made. Referrals are submitted to the Juvenile Court and allege the juvenile committed a delinquent or incorrigible act. Referrals can be made by police, parents, school officials, probation officers, other agencies, or individuals requesting the juvenile court to assume jurisdiction over the juveniles’ conduct. Referrals can be “paper referrals” issued as citations or police reports, or “physical referrals” where the juvenile is arrested by law enforcement. Multiple offenses can be included in a referral.
Diversion is an alternative available to some juveniles to avoid formal prosecution. The County Attorney has sole discretion to divert prosecution and determine which offenses are eligible for diversion (A.R.S. Section 8-321). Through diversion, a juvenile is given the opportunity to admit to the allegations contained in the referral and receive a consequence in lieu of the formal court process. Consequences can include:
If the juvenile successfully completes diversion, his/her obligation to the state (and victim when applicable) is satisfied and a petition is not filed. The outcome cannot be used against the juvenile in any further proceedings and there is no adjudication of incorrigibility or delinquency. If the juvenile is non-compliant with diversion, the referral is sent back to the County Attorney who may then decide to file a petition.
Only the County Attorney has the authority to send a juvenile case to court by filing a petition. A petition initiates the formal court hearing process by requiring the juvenile and his/her parent/guardian to attend formal hearings before the court to answer the allegations located in the petition. The County Attorney determines which allegations to include in the petition based on the evidence and elements of the alleged act. If a juvenile is taken to detention and held, the filing of a petition must occur within 24 hours of admission to the detention facility (Rule 24B in the Arizona Rules of the Court). When the juvenile is not detained, the petition must be filed within 45 days of receipt of the referral unless time is waived an additional 30 days for further investigation.
Petitions or charges within a petition can be dismissed by a judge. A dismissal means further consideration or hearings regarding the petition or charge are terminated and no further formal action is taken. Dismissals can be either with prejudice (cannot be re-filed) or without prejudice (can be re-filed). Dismissal of a petition can occur during the advisory or adjudication stages. It is possible for a petition to be dismissed due to a lack of evidence during either of these hearings.
Similarly, a juvenile could have more than one charge/count pending. In this situation, the juvenile's defense attorney could initiate a process with the County Attorney resulting in dismissal of one charge while receiving a disposition (i.e., formal reprimand, Standard Probation, Juvenile Intensive Probation Supervision, or commitment to the Arizona Department of Juvenile Corrections) on another charge. Dismissals can also take place as an agreement in court to extend unfulfilled diversion conditions.
Upon completion of the conditions, the dismissal stops any further prosecution. Cases can also be dismissed when transferred to another jurisdiction prior to adjudication or by the County Attorney filing a motion to dismiss due to a victim’s request, lack of cooperation or availability of witnesses, or unreasonable likelihood of adjudication.
The core tenets of juvenile probation are:
Probation Officers meet with juveniles and their families to perform assessments and research their family and social history.
Probation Officers are responsible for making regular visits to juveniles’ homes to make sure that they are following conditions set by the Court. They also work closely with each juvenile and their family to change or eliminate behavioral issues. If a juvenile does not comply with his or her court order, the Probation Officer must then provide recommendations to the judge for alternate sentencing or treatment. Each juvenile on probation receives a case plan addressing their individual risks and needs.
After adjudication, a juvenile may receive a disposition to Standard Probation. Standard Probation allows the juvenile to remain in the community contingent on compliance with court-ordered conditions, which include such things as:
Special conditions can also be ordered with cases that may involve gangs, mental health, or sexually maladaptive behaviors. Throughout a probation term, the probation and/or surveillance officer monitors the juvenile's compliance and case plan progress. The probation officer works closely with the juvenile, family members, and members of the community such as teachers, victims, treatment providers, and others involved in the life of the juvenile. If the juvenile does not comply with the conditions and/or continues violating the law, the probation officer may address the violations using graduated responses or refer the juvenile back to court. The court may then impose restrictions, including detention, placement on JIPS, or commitment to ADJC.
For juveniles in need of a higher level of supervision and more structured programming, a judge can order a youth to JIPS. The JIPS program was designed with the intention of providing an alternative to commitment to out-of-home placement and ADJC. JIPS is a less costly alternative to out-of-home placement and ADJC, yet provides a greater level of supervision than Standard Probation. JIPS differs from Standard Probation in the increased frequency of face-to-face contact between the juvenile and the probation and/or surveillance officer, the requirement to actively participate in 32 hours of structured activities per week, liberty restrictions concerning unsupervised time out of the home, and random drug testing. JIPS probation and surveillance officers also have lower caseload ratios than standard due to the increased contact requirements.
Disposition of a juvenile to the ADJC is governed by statute and the Arizona Code of Judicial Administration Part 6, Chapter 3, Section 6-304. ARS Section 8-342 (A) provides “A child under the age of fourteen years shall not be committed to the department of juvenile corrections nor shall a dependent or incorrigible child be awarded to the department of juvenile corrections.” ARS Section 8-246(C), as amended, mandates:
The primary purpose of the commitment guidelines is to define factors the court must consider, in addition to other relevant facts, when committing youth to the care and custody of the ADJC. The legislative intent was to reserve commitment to juveniles whom the court believes need placement in a secure care facility for the protection of the public and who are unsuitable for JIPS.
To qualify for the destruction of juvenile records, as a minimum you must be at least 18 years of age, not convicted of a felony offense and all fines and restitution have been paid in full.
Note: An order for the destruction of records only applies to your juvenile court file. This order has no jurisdiction over any law enforcement arrest records.
Your Judge may have ordered you to attend mediation because you have a dispute in your family court matter. The Judge wants you and the other party to have a chance to come to an agreement through mediation and not through the court process.
Yes, if you have an existing case in the Pinal County Superior Court. You can request a mediation if you need help in resolving a problem related to a dissolution of marriage, legal decision-making of a child, parenting time, child support, or other family law matter.
If both you and the other party agree to attend mediation, you can complete the Joint Request for Mediation. If only one party wants to request mediation, and you know the other party’s address, you can complete the Mandatory Request for Mediation form.
If you reach a full or partial agreement during mediation, Family Services of the Conciliation Court (FSCC) will prepare a Court Decree outlining your agreements. The agreement will be sent to you electronically so you can review the document, determine if the agreement is accurate, and sign the document if you agree to its terms.
If you are represented by an attorney, the document will be sent to your attorney for their review and signature. After all parties sign the document, the Decree will be forwarded to the Judge for final approval and to become a court order. If an objection is filed by one of the parties, the mediator will contact the parties and attempt to resolve the areas in dispute.
If you do not reach an agreement, Family Services of the Conciliation Court (FSCC) will report to the Judge that you participated in mediation, but no agreement resulted.
Typically, the parents and the mediator are the only people included in mediation; however the mediator may include other parties under certain circumstances.
Since mediation is confidential and geared towards problem solving, there is no need to provide evidence or documentation.
You can register to take the class online. Please have your Pinal Coumty Superior Court case number available. Pre-Registration is required
Bring photo ID and proof of payment to the class. Please arrive 15 minutes early. No children are allowed in class. Food and drinks are not permitted in the court - bottled water will be the only exception. Classroom may be cool, bring a sweater or jacket. You must attend the entire 4-hour class to receive a certificate and comply with the law.
Parents can take the class together if both agree and there has never been any domestic violence or Orders of Protection. You will be required to sign a waiver prior to the start of the class.
You may be eligible to take the class via DVD. You must complete the online Parent Education Video Request Form, which will be reviewed for approval/denial. Upon approval, you must pay the $40 fee or obtain a fee deferral and provide the receipt before the DVD will be mailed to you. You will also need to complete and return a written test before you receive your certificate. If you are not approved to receive the class via DVD, you are required to attend a class in person. You may register online for the next available class.
There is a $40 fee that must be paid prior to attending the class you sign up for. Please bring your proof of payment, or a copy of your fee deferral with you in order to attend the class. You will not receive a Notice of Completion unti proof of purchase is provided.
Options for paying for the Parent Education Class
If you are seeking a Fee Deferral you will need to contact the Clerk of Court at any Clerk's offices.