What to expect when you go to court

By: Madison Ewing, Legal Intern, Volunteer Lawyers Program


Are you wondering what is expected when going to court? Feeling unsure about what the law is and how the courts work?

You can be proactive on your own behalf, starting with research and education regarding Arizona law and court procedures. You can learn from official court- and law library-produced videos that will teach you a ton on law and process here in our state.

For example, what to expect when you go to court, what to do when you are being sued, and “Family Court 101” are some of our favorites.

If you are being helped in a self-help program such as one of the many free legal clinics available in Arizona, these videos are a great thing to watch between appointments with a clinic volunteer attorney.  Some videos that may be of help include training modules by AZ Courts.

If you are being represented by a pro bono legal aid attorney, these videos may be helpful for you to watch, while your case is pending.

Other resources include information on what to expect when visiting a detention center, how to use the law library system, etc.

Arizona County Court Videos

Pima County

About the Pima County Superior Court Law Library https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gx9EGf95Lys

Community Justice Boards – A restorative program that aims to divert youth towards the right path. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TPUyGEccHOk

Adult Detention Center Visits – What you need to know! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Fiz_j2Q6RVk

The Pima County Safety and Justice Challenge: Learn more about these strategies and programs that aim to reduce over incarceration. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DdowKxSJG34

The Courts Are Us Program – Want to join? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QWIhHboTCJI

Pima County Warrant Court – Need help with outstanding warrants? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=N6GUgupA9qc

How the superior and juvenile courts are protecting your health during COVID-19 https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9IC9mnTDNdE

Social Impact Bonds – A speech by Pima County Administrator Chuck Huckelberry https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8Dx93WHNf3U

Decriminalizing Mental Illness with the Courts System https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qu6P3P1qrJo

Need assistance? The Victims Services Division is here to support you at crime scenes and court hearings! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rnGesnnUHJA

General Video Tutorials from AZ Helphttps://www.azcourthelp.org/video-tutorials


Pinal County

Open Meeting Law Training https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZQskQaRD_f0

Public Records Request Training Video https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2IK8nG1NzwM

Notice of Court Access Information for Persons with Disabilities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k76y9tNVo1I

Legal Info Hub – Podcasts, videos, forms, etc. https://www.azcourts.gov/legalinfohub


Apache County

Notice of Court Access Information for Persons with Disabilities https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=k76y9tNVo1I


Gila County

Safe to Serve as a Juror https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1qM6UYS-F38


Cochise County

GRACE Program – alternative prosecution for defendants with mental health issues https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Q_eBY2SeC0o


AZ Courts Training Videos by AZ Supreme Court


Non-Licensed Fiduciaries

Overview – what you need to know! http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2661?publish_id=edd00c87-c51e-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Guardianship Training Module http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2662?publish_id=fd6f0245-c520-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Personal Representatives Training Module http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2664?publish_id=8ebe5b92-c51f-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Conservatorship Training Module http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2663?publish_id=828f31ec-c520-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Conservator Account Forms http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2665?publish_id=248727bd-c51f-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true


AZ Courts Legal Info Videos by AZ Supreme Court

Debt Set off Program – Lottery Intercept https://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2698?publish_id=3701ddc3-0a2c-11ea-8baa-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Debt Set off Program – Tax Intercept https://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2697?publish_id=b925f177-0a2b-11ea-8baa-0050569183fa&redirect=true

Jury Duty http://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/1447?publish_id=67de63d5-52bd-1032-ab3e-cc6697c41001&redirect=true

Mental Health and the Justice System https://www.azcourts.gov/Portals

How To Use Public Access – Arizona Supreme Court’s Online Resource https://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2659?publish_id=96ab7c79-c52c-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true

I cannot renew my registration due to the Traffic Ticket Enforcement Assessment Program – What do I do next? https://supremestateaz.granicus.com/player/clip/2660?publish_id=1ec3e95a-c52c-11e9-b703-0050569183fa&redirect=true