Prepare for Your Court Date at the Southeast Facility Court Complex.
Review your paperwork carefully. It will include important information, including a description of the charges against you and the date you must appear. You must appear at the time listed on your summons or release order, which will be 8:30 a.m. You should plan to be at Court all day; this holds especially true for those represented by a public defender. Public defenders handle dozens of cases every day. And thus, you can expect to wait a long time to see them.
Defendants with private counsel can expect to be there for less time. This isn’t preferential treatment; but rather, a matter of practicality: a private attorney usually has just one client on the calendar. As such, that criminal defense attorney will be solely focused on your case. There’s no line to see your attorney. You and your private attorney will also extensively discuss your case prior to court.
You’ll likely receive an order to complete fingerprints before your first court date. The fingerprint order will instruct you to report to the Maricopa County Sheriff’s Record and Identification Division at 111 South 3rd Ave, 4th floor, Phoenix, Arizona. The fingerprint office is open Monday through Friday, 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. There’s usually a long wait for prints, so we recommend that you set aside an entire morning or afternoon. You should get your prints done as soon as possible. The order should advise you to report for fingerprints at least seven days before court. If you don’t get your prints done in time, the Court may order harsher release conditions or take you into custody.
What to do when you arrive at the Mesa Superior Court.
Enter the court complex from the south side and go through security. Defendants must immediately check in on the first floor in Suite 1375. Bring your government ID and provide your full name. The court staff in Suite 1375 will direct you where to go next. You’ll be instructed to see the Judge before leaving the court. If you leave before seeing the Judge, a warrant will issue for your arrest. Don’t send anyone in your place; no one can appear for you.
Always dress respectfully for court. We recommend that you at least dress in business casual. Don’t wear ripped clothing, sandals, sunglasses, or, hats. You should also avoid anything offensive or provocative. Remember, you want to make a positive impression.
Mesa’s Superior Court doesn’t allow food or drinks. There’s a cafeteria on the first floor with several vending machines. You can bring electronic devices into the building, but they must be turned off before entering the courtroom.
Children are not allowed in the courtroom. You should make child care arrangements in advance of court. If you do bring kids, make sure there’s another adult to watch them.