Superior Court > Criminal Department

Each year, more than 33,000 criminal cases are filed in Superior Court in Maricopa County.

Over the past decade, there has been a 10% increase in felony cases filed in Superior Court. The Criminal Department is working in collaboration with other criminal justice agencies to efficiently resolve cases in a just manner, respecting the rights of defendants, victims, and the community. Recent Innovations in the Criminal Department Through the implementation of a Bond Forfeiture Calendar, more than $1.2 million is collected yearly from defendants who fled and failed to appear for court. To lessen trial court judges' calendars, specialized dockets were created solely for probation revocations and change-of-plea proceedings. In February of 2012, the Criminal Department began operations in the South Court Tower (175 W. Madison St., Phoenix), a 700,000 square foot facility designed to facilitate the effective and efficient flow of felony criminal cases. Early Disposition Court The law, referred to as Proposition 200, affected the prosecution of drug charges, necessitating a change in the system to provide incentives to early pleas and earlier treatment. The result was a program initially referred to as Expedited Drug Court. Today it is known as Early Disposition Court (EDC).
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