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2017 Strategic Award Winners

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Goal 1: Promoting Access to Justice
Night Warrant Resolution Court, Pima County Justice Courts

Night Warrant Resolution Court is part of Pima County’s Consolidated Justice Court’s plan to execute recommendations from the Justice for All report by expanding access to justice for people with work or personal obligations during normal court operating hours.  A judge presides over monthly sessions during which the court is open until 7:00 pm. Individuals can resolve outstanding warrants or other pending matters, and customer service window clerks are available during evening hours. They assist with payment plans, extensions, and other common civil traffic issues.  A civil traffic hearing officer is also available for more complex matters.

Goal 2: Protecting Children, Families, and Communities
Dependency Alternative Program, Superior Court in Pima County

Pima County created a unified case management approach to prevent dependency actions when an alternative legal arrangement can be made.  It protects children while safely diverting cases from dependency.  A collaboration led to accelerated access by parents or families to legal alternatives such as Title 14 minor guardianship, in loco parentis orders, and establishment or modification of parenting-time orders.  Families will have an opportunity to make informed decisions, have input on what is in the best interest of their child, and to communicate and reach consensus on the child’s safety needs.

Goal 3: Improving Court Processes to Better Serve the Public
Compliance Assistance Program, Phoenix Municipal Court
The Compliance Assistance Program (CAP) allows people with delinquent balances on civil traffic and parking charges to make a down payment and begin monthly installments based on their specific financial situation— without having to see a judge. After entering a payment program, Arizona MVD is notified that the person is in compliance with their unpaid civil traffic fines and fees. The resident can then contact MVD to pursue reinstatement of driving privileges. 

Goal 4:  Enhancing Professionalism within Arizona’s Courts
Celebration of Success, Yavapai County Probation

To recognize excellence in community supervision, Yavapai County’s Adult Probation Department launched a Celebration of Success.  Each probation office nominated a client who had done exceptionally well on probation. Officers gave the client a “golden ticket” to the celebration event, which honored the work they did together to facilitate a change in the client’s life.  Community stakeholders, judges, elected officials, AOC staff, law enforcement, and treatment providers were invited to participate.  Nearly 100 people attended this outdoor event. 

Goal 5:  Improving Communications and Community Participation
Community Advisory Boards, Mohave County Probation

Community volunteers serve to promote and foster greater dialogue, education and understanding between the community and the juvenile court. Each CAB is provided with funding to support organizations engaged in prosocial activities for youth.  Multiple worthy organizations applied for the funds. Those chosen included Kamp Girl Power through Soroptimist International of Kingman, the Junior Police Academy through Kingman Police Department, and Kingman High School's Lego Robotics Club. 

See all nominations here: Recognition - All Award Nominees