City Court Overview

Fiscal Year 2022/23

Mission Statement

To serve the community and protect individual rights by providing fair and prompt administration of justice.


The following programs are included in this department:

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*Full Time Equivalent Employee (FTE)

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Department Expenses

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Significant Changes

The adopted budget for Fiscal Year 2022/23 of $12,987,330 reflects an increase of $1,190,350 from the Fiscal Year 2021/22 Adopted Budget. Major changes include the following:

  • Increase in employee salaries and related expenses by $1,547,430
  • Increase in supplies by $77,140 attributed to need to replace aging furniture and equipment
  • Decrease in services by $367,180 attributed to Veterans Court and Justice for Families grants both ended in early FY 22
  • Decrease in capital outlay by $67,040 attributed to purchase of one-time audio visual equipment in FY 22


Tucson City Court is partnering with the City of Tucson Housing First program and with various other outside nonprofit agencies to assist homeless individuals obtain housing by helping to resolve their outstanding court matters. Courts are focusing more on enhancing the Specialty Court programs, in an effort to reduce recidivism and connect individuals with needed treatment or services. The results of a feasibility study that was conducted by the National Center of State Courts, recommended that Tucson City Court is a good candidate for the establishment of a Community Court. Tucson City Court will continue to work with the NCSCs to plan and implement a Community Court in the future.


Tucson City Court continues to enhance the Specialty Court and restorative justice service models. The Court Services Division was renamed to Specialty and Problem Solving Courts and provides clerical support to the Domestic Violence, Veterans, Mental Health and Homeless Specialty Courts. The Domestic Violence Specialty Court was awarded a Domestic Violence and Firearms Technical Assistance grant from the Justice Department. This grant provides funding to reduce domestic violence incidents that involve firearms.

Future Objectives

Tucson City Court continues to deliver efficient customer service and fair access to justice. In the courtroom the Digital Evidence Portal will be implemented to manage evidence admitted digitally. The Court will collaborate with agencies, the City of Tucson, and Justice Partners to plan and implement Community Court.