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The Superior Court is the trial court of general jurisdiction for the State of Arizona and the judges hear cases which involve felony prosecutions, civil cases over $10,000, probate matters, marriage dissolutions and annulments, real property title and possession matters.

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Para buscar una versión en español de los formularios para el Tribunal Superior, favor de hacer clic en el enlace que aparece a continuación que le llevará al sitio de internet del Condado de Maricopa. Siga los enlaces para bajar el formulario que desee usar. Si baja la versión del formulario para Microsoft Word, usted va a poder cambiar el encabezado para que sea “Yavapai” en lugar de “Maricopa” antes de imprimir el formulario. NÓTESE que es posible que el Condado de Yavapai no acepte todos los formularios del Condado de Maricopa. Sitio de Internet del Condado de Maricopa

La Suprema Corte de Arizona también ofrece ayuda a las personas con conocimiento limitado del inglés en Esta página ofrece información sobre los servicios para trámites en los tribunales y proporciona enlaces a los formularios traducidos al español que están disponibles para todo el estado. En esta página de internet usted va a localizar otros formularios vitales que se están traduciendo ahora al español para otros tipos de casos y será actualizada con regularidad.

AZPOINT, the Arizona Protective Order Initiation and Notification Tool, has been designed to help you fill out a petition for an Order of Protection. Through an interview in AZPOINT, you can quickly and accurately fill out the forms that are needed to request an Order of Protection at an Arizona court. An Order of Protection is a court order that is issued to stop a person from committing domestic violence or from contacting other people protected by the order. The portal will also help you figure out whether you (the plaintiff) and the person from whom you are seeking protection (the defendant) have a qualifying relationship for an Order of Protection. Your information will be saved in AZPOINT for up to 90 days. At any time during this 90-day period, you may take the next step of filing your petition at an Arizona court. Until you file your petition at a court, you will be able to return to AZPOINT to update your information if necessary. You are encouraged to speak to a victim advocate before you file your petition. An advocate can help you make a safety plan and give you more information about how an Order of Protection works and how it will be served on the defendant. For more information, click here to go to AZPOINT.

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NEWS RELEASE: Judge John Napper Appointed Presiding Judge for Yavapai County

July 15, 2020

Judge John Napper Appointed Presiding Judge for Yavapai County

PHOENIX – The Arizona Supreme Court has appointed the Honorable John Napper to the post of Presiding Judge for the Superior Court in Yavapai County, effective August 1, 2020. Judge Napper was appointed to the Yavapai County Superior Court in 2017 and was appointed Associate Presiding Judge by Chief Justice Brutinel in November of 2019. His new appointment will follow the July 31, 2020 retirement of current Presiding Judge David Mackey and will continue through July 31, 2023. Judge Mackey was first appointed to the bench in December 2001 and has been the county presiding judge since January 2011.

In announcing Judge Napper’s appointment, Chief Justice Robert Brutinel stated, “I first want to thank Judge David Mackey for his work to manage and improve our court system, both during his time as a judge and as Yavapai County’s Presiding Judge.

John Napper is a smart and effective lawyer and he established an outstanding reputation as an administrator while he was Yavapai County’s Public Defender. As Public Defender, a judge pro tem, and as an elected Superior Court Judge, he has demonstrated the ability to work with all stakeholders to resolve problems and to improve Arizona’s justice system. I look forward to working with him as Presiding Judge.”

In accepting the appointment, Judge Napper said, “I want to thank Chief Justice Brutinel and the other Justices of the Arizona Supreme Court for selecting me as the next Presiding Judge for Yavapai County. I am deeply honored by my appointment. I look forward to this new challenge and am excited to get to work.”

Presiding Judges in Arizona serve as the chief executive officer of the county courts, having administrative authority over the courts, judicial officers, and court employees in their county. The Presiding Judge oversees case assignments, court calendars, financial management, and helps set the court’s strategic agenda. They also monitor the performance of the courts to ensure that cases are processed timely. Judge Napper will receive no additional compensation for his duties and responsibilities as Presiding Judge.

Before joining the Superior Court, Judge Napper was the Yavapai County Public Defender from May of 2014 through December 2016, where he directed an office of 17 attorneys, 15 staff, and approximately 20 contract lawyers. Before serving as the Public Defender, Judge Napper was in private practice, handling civil, criminal, and appellate cases. He graduated with honors from the John Marshall Law School in Chicago, Illinois.


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