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Arizona specialty courts, also called problem-solving courts, are trial courts set up for the primary purpose of treatment for non-violent offenders.

These courts are based on need. Specialty courts are geared toward recovery and seek to promote positive outcomes for the offender, victim, and society as a whole. 

(Please note that these are categories of courts and a court may have a different name in its court system.) 

Types of Specialty Courts
  Drug courts are an alternative to traditional criminal court. These courts usually include a team which consists of a judge, prosecutor, defense lawyer, probation officer, and treatment provider. Together, they create treatment plans, incentives, and punishments that will lessen the offender's relapse and drug dependence.   DUI courts handle defendants who have been convicted of driving under the influence charges. They incorporate increased supervision and monitoring by the court, the adult probation department and treatment providers as part of the coordinated strategy to intervene with repeat and high-risk offenders.  
  The goal of veterans court is to rehabilitate and restore veterans as active, contributing members of their community. This court creates and supervises treatment plans to address the underlying causes of the veteran's behavior and substance abuse issues.   Homeless courts help people resolve legal matters that may present a barrier to life on the streets, employment, and driving privileges. This court is designed to resolve outstanding minor misdemeanors, victimless offenses, and warrants for individuals experiencing homelessness.  
  Domestic violence courts focus on the needs of the community as it relates to domestic violence and the victims of domestic violence offenses. It provides a collaborative approach to promoting victim safety and reducing recidivism.   Animal welfare court is a problem-solving court that addresses and provides a specialized treatment for defendants accused of more serious misdemeanor offenses involving animal abuse or repeat offenders charged with animal-related offenses.  
  Community courts assist in connecting community members with services that can address their needs and help them move out of the criminal justice system. Community court enhances public safety through criminal justice and community collaboration to ensure offender accountability through appropriate and meaningful behavioral health interventions.   Mental health courts serve participants experiencing a mental health condition. It provides frequent judicial oversight, uses a team-based approach regarding treatment and supervision, and is evidence-based in its application of treatment, supervision, incentives, and sanctions.
NOTE: This is not an extensive list of all locations or specialty court programs. Words in blue font are website URLs, clicking the link will take you to the program webpage. To update contact information please contact [email protected]
Apache CountyApache County Coconino CountyCoconino County

Superior Court in Apache County 

70 W 3rd St South
St. Johns, AZ 85936

Drug Court
Melissa Meeks
[email protected]
(928) 337-7555

Superior Court in Coconino County

200 N San Francisco St
Flagstaff, AZ 86001

Recovery / Drug Court
Jesse Heath
[email protected]



Mental Health Court
Sydney Ciarniello
[email protected]

Veterans Treatment Court
Sharon Yates
(928) 679-7514
[email protected]

Gila CountyGila County Maricopa CountyMaricopa County

Superior Court in Gila County

714 S. Beeline Hwy
Payson, AZ 85541

  • Opiate Drug Court

Mesa Municipal Court

250 E.1st Avenue
Mesa, AZ 85210

Danica Sanchez
(480) 644-2255
[email protected]

  • Homeless Court
  • Community/Mental Health Court
  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Veterans Treatment Court
Maricopa CountyMaricopa County

Phoenix Municipal Court 

300 W. Washington St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Kathryn Lavery
(602) 495-5882
[email protected]

Tempe Municipal Court

140 E. 5th St.
Tempe, AZ 85281

Kirsten Alger
(480) 350-8582
[email protected]

East Valley Regional Veterans Court

Participating municipalities:

  • Chandler Municipal Court
  • Carefree-Cave Creek Consolidated Court
  • Fountain Hills Municipal Court
  • Gilbert Municipal Court
  • Paradise Valley Municipal Court
  • Scottsdale Municipal Court
  • Tempe Municipal Court
Maricopa CountyJustice Courts of Maricopa County
Veterans Treatment Court

Northwest Regional Court Center

Manistee Justice Court
14264 W. Tierra Buena Ln.
Suprise, AZ 85374

Northeast Regional Court Center

McDowell Mountain Justice Court
18040 N. 40th St.
Phoenix, AZ 85032

Judge Donald Watts
(602) 372-2000, option 3
[email protected]
Judge Michele Reagan
(602) 372-7000, option 2
[email protected]
  • Agua Fria
  • Arrowhead
  • Country Meadows
  • Manistee
  • Hassayampa
  • Maryvale
  • North Valley
  • White Tank
  • Desert Ridge
  • Dreamy Draw
  • McDowell Mountain
  • Moon Valley
  • University Lakes
Veterans Treatment Court Cont.

Downtown Justice Center 

Encanto Justice Court
620 E. Jackson St.
Phoenix, AZ 85003

Southeast Justice Center

Southeast Justice Center
222 E. Javelina Ave.
Mesa, AZ 85210

Judge Ken Cheuvront
(602) 372-6300, option 1 or 2, then 2
[email protected]
Judge Jordan Ray
(602) 372-8300
[email protected]
  • Arcadia Biltmore
  • El Centro
  • Encanto
  • Kyrene
  • Ironwood
  • South Mountain
  • West McDowell
  • Highland
  • East Mesa
  • North Mesa
  • San Carlos
  • San Tan
Mohave CountyMohave County

Kingman Municipal Court 

219 N. 4th St
Kingman, AZ 86401

VTC Coordinator

Lake Havasu City Municipal Court

2001 College Dr. Ste.125
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Lake Havasu City Justice Court

2001 College Dr. Ste. 148
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403

Tina Sweeney Braniger
[email protected]
(928) 453-0705 x3098

  • Drug Court
  • Veterans Treatment Court
Pima CountyPima County

Tucson City Court

103 E. Alameda St.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Pima County Consolidated Justice Court

240 N. Stone Ave.
Tucson, AZ 85701

Patrick Whitehurst
[email protected]
(520) 724-3809

Jennifer Maqsood
[email protected]


  • Animal Welfare Court
  • Domestic Violence Court
  • Homeless Court
  • Veterans Treatment Court
  • Mental Health Court
Pinal CountyPinal County

Superior Court in Pinal County  

Pinal County Adult Probation Department

Amber Russell
[email protected]

  • Veterans Treatment Court
  • Mental Health Treatment Court
  • Drug Treatment Court
Pinal CountyPinal County Yuma CountyYuma County

Apache Junction Municipal Court 

300 E. Superstition Blvd.
Apache Junction, AZ 85119

Christine Reynolds
(480) 474-5118
[email protected]

  • Mental Health Court
  • Homeless Court

Superior Court in Yuma County

250 W. 2nd St.
Yuma, AZ 85364

Paul Castro
[email protected]

  • Drug Court




Erin Ballos
[email protected]